Georgia can’t afford our anti-immgrants law.
Earlier this year, Georgia passed a law that will cost the average family farmer $1.2 million in lost revenue annually, for a total of $1 billion statewide.
This devastating economic loss to Georgia’s top industry comes at a time when the state is facing its worst revenue shortfalls since the Great Depression.
What’s worse is that our state leaders knew the devastating effects this bill would have on our state when they voted ‘yes.’ The bill is copied from Arizona’s anti-immigrant law that had already been struck down by a Federal judge and cost that state hundreds of millions of dollars. As predicted, a Federal District Court issued a temporary injunction against two sections of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law.
The problem gets worse. Georgia is now spending our tax dollars to fight this bad law in court.
Meanwhile, Vidalia onions and other crops are rotting in our fields. Family farmers are struggling to stay in business. Georgia’s legislators understood when they passed the law that our agricultural industry is heavily reliant on migrant workers to pick crops and gin cotton.
Is this a fight Georgia can afford?
It’s time to repeal House Bill 87, the law that has created a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity.
Our General Assembly should support Georgia farmers and encourage global investments by finding a reasonable solution that will allow guest workers to harvest Georgia’s homegrown fruits and vegetables, like blackberries, peaches and Vidalia onions.
You can take action immediately.
Text “GAfarms” to 30644 from your mobile phone.
Or take an online poll to show your support for Georgia farmers and repealing House Bill 87. (Take the poll).
Finally, share this article with your friends, family and colleagues. By working together, we can improve our state.
Resources: Download a PDF report by Tom Baxter and the Center for American Progress.