in Georgia and elsewhere
I maintain that a business model predicated on illegal immigration is simply organized crime. Businesses that keep hiring and exploiting illegal immigrants should be shut down.
“[A farmer] says he’s tried to hire locals to do the job–working in the fields eight hours or more clipping, bending and lifting in the oppressive Georgia heat.
‘They just don’t want to do this hard work. And they’ll tell you right quick,’ he says. ‘I have ’em to come out and work for two hours and they said, “I’m not doing this. It’s too hard.” ” — Georgia Farmers Say Immigration Law Keeps Workers Away
It’s a tough old world. The growers will have to raise wages until they attract workers, and we will all pay more for produce. What we shouldn’t do is wink at illegal immigration so employers can pay below-market wages.