#1 Georgia governor suggests ex-convicts replace immigrants as farm workers
06-15-2011, 09:28 PM
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On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released the results of a survey that he had requested from the state agriculture commissioner on farm labor shortages in Georgia. The survey found that there are approximately 11,080 unfilled farm jobs in the state.
In response to the report, Deal suggested that people who are on criminal probation could fill the job openings: “There are 100,000 probationers statewide, 8,000 of which are in the Southwest region of the state and 25 percent of which are unemployed.” According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, although probationers in Georgia are required to find employment if possible, state officials cannot compel them to take one particular job over another.
The director of the American Probation and Parole Association told Bloomberg that the temporary nature of agricultural work makes it unsuitable for people on criminal probation who need to rebuild their lives in a more permanent job. He compared Deal’s suggestion to the “work farms” of the past, when convicts could be sentenced to hard labor in the fields.
As the American Independent reported last week, an earlier survey of farmers from a private association made at least one cause of the labor shortages in Georgia explicitly clear: the recently passed House Bill 87, the immigration enforcement law set to take effect on July 1. Many immigrant workers are apparently leaving the state in anticipation of the law’s provisions, which include requirements that employers verify the legal status of their workers or face penalties.
06-15-2011, 10:54 PM
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sounds like a good job for them
06-15-2011, 10:57 PMThe director of the American Probation and Parole Association told Bloomberg that the temporary nature of agricultural work makes it unsuitable for people on criminal probation who need to rebuild their lives in a more permanent job. He compared Deal’s suggestion to the “work farms” of the past, when convicts could be sentenced to hard labor in the fields.
06-15-2011, 11:36 PM
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He compared Deal’s suggestion to the “work farms” of the past, when convicts could be sentenced to hard labor in the fields.
I have heard ex-cons complain that they can't get any job, because they are required to disclose their status. Since all of my yard men were felons and I had a tenant with a degree from Northwestern who was working as a zoo worker (cage keeper) I know that hard work is not beneath these men.
Honestly, it seems like Ag and their lobby really want to hire the illegals. They make no effort at all to attract, recruit, transport, or keep workers any more. When I was a kid, migrant workers rode in busses, and lived in migrant worker housing. Yes, they were exploited by our standards and I'm not saying we should do it the same way. But this crap farmer pull of whining because they can't get slave labor, when they don't even try to use the nearest labor pools pisses me off.
Hell, I might even give it a shot to go out and pick if the farmers would put out a call for a community effort to bring in the crops. Sound kind of Chinese, but that's who we're competing with. Check your grocery shelves to see where your food is coming from. For God's sake, I saw "Organic black beans" in the health food store labelled "Imported From China". I'm sick of this, and I'm sick of wondering what weird chemical or poison is on my Chinese origin foods.
Last edited by Novaheart; 06-15-2011 at 11:39 PM.
06-16-2011, 09:23 AM
They could try offering more money and benefits to compete with other employers.
Just a thought.
06-16-2011, 10:28 AM
What the farmers are saying is that they can't get any work out of them when they get there.I feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
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