The MSM is still pushing the narrative that “crops are rotting on the vine” in Alabama, the Alabama economy has been destroyed by HB 56, and that there are “jobs Americans won’t do.”
YWC readers have good reasons to be skeptical of these liberal propagadists who masquerade as journalists. In Florida, superfluous blueberry production in Central Florida driven by diet fads derailed immigration reform in the Sunshine State. In Georgia, Morris Enterprises has a $30 million dollar business growing Vidalia onions and has received almost $1.8 million dollars in farm subsidies from the federal government.
The beleagured farmers of Alabama who are most commonly cited by the MSM are Wayne and Leroy Smith of Steele, Alabama. There are other tomato farmers (such as those in the video below) who have given interviews to the media about “crops rotting on the vine” and about how their “family members” have been forced to flee to other states.
How big is the tomato industry in Alabama? Tomatos account for a whopping 0.3 percent of Alabama agricultural commodities.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is backing away from his campaign promises to pass new laws that would crack down on illegal workers.
The first-term Republican governor said today that it's up to the federal government to develop some kind of work visa program — a notably different position from his early days in office in 2011, when he called for a state E-Verify program.
"We've got to have a national E-verify program because I don't want to put Florida business at a disadvantage," Scott said following an appearance at a Tallahassee Rotary Club meeting. "We need to make sure we have a work visa program that doesn't put Florida businesses at a disadvantage.".....................
The governor signed executive orders less than an hour after taking the oath of office on Jan. 4, 2011 that would crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants and require the governor's agencies to use the federal government's E-Verify system to check all existing and prospective state and contract employees.
But the Republican-led Florida Legislature adjourned four months later without an agreement on the tough measures sought by the governor and Attorney General Pam Bondi, who both campaigned on tougher immigration laws. Florida tourism officials and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, also a Republican, cautioned that such measures could damage those industries.
Sen. JD Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican and the Senate budget chairman, argued that there are many problems with E-Verify and that it is costly for employers.
"The Florida Senate stands up for hard-working folks and doesn't do the politically expedient thing, but does the right thing," said Alexander, a central Florida citrus grower who employs hundreds of migrant farmworkers.
Republicans just need to be clear about this difference... and sadly, when prominent republicans champion legislation that allows police officers to stop and question citizens who "look illegal" it doesn't help things.
The illegal immigrant population of the United States in 2008 was estimated by the Center for Immigration Studies to be about 11 million people, down from 12.5 million people in 2007.Other estimates range from 7 to 20 million. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, in 2005, 56% of illegal immigrants were from Mexico; 22% were from other Latin American countries, primarily from Central America; 13% were from Asia; 6% were from Europe and Canada; and 3% were from Africa and the rest of the world.
wonder why LEO's aren't looking for Scandinavian looking individuals .
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