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The Associated Press. In this June 16, 2011 photo, Robert Dawson picks cucumbers on a farm in Leslie, Ga. Just weeks after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed one of the toughest laws in the country cracking down on illegal immigration, the Republican conservative said probation workers could take the jobs of illegal immigrants whom farmers say are no longer showing up for work for fear they could be deported.

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Probationers replacing illegal farm workers, but many quit

LESLIE -- It's 3:25 p.m. in a dusty cucumber field in south Georgia. A knot of criminal offenders who spent seven hours in the sun harvesting buckets of vegetables by hand have decided they're calling it quits -- exactly as crew leader Benito Mendez predicted in the morning.


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