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If you think food prices are high now, just wait …

Via: AJC

After enactment of House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The resulting manpower shortage has forced state farmers to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry.

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The results of that investigation have now been released. According to survey of 230 Georgia farmers conducted by Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, farmers expect to need more than 11,000 workers at some point over the rest of the season, a number that probably underestimates the real need, since not every farmer in the state responded to the survey.

“The agriculture industry is the number one economic engine in Georgia and it is my sincere hope to find viable and law-abiding solutions to the current problem our farmers face,” Deal said in announcing the findings. In the meantime, Deal proposes that farmers try to hire the 2,000 unemployed criminal probationers estimated to live in southwest Georgia.

Somehow, I suspect that would not be a partnership made in heaven for either party.

Read more, HERE:

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/06/14/ga-s-farm-labor-crisis-going-exactly-as-planned/

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Photo:

October 1939. Neches, Texas.

“Mexican migrants drinking cold drinks and buying candy at filling station where the truck taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley has stopped.

They had been picking cotton in Mississippi.”

Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

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‘Russell Lee – Image Gallery’

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/russell-lee-image-gallery/

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Russell Lee – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – “Always Something Interesting”

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August 1937

“Storekeeper and wife in front of their store at Section 30. ‘Bust’ iron mining town near Winton, Minnesota.”

Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration

http://www.shorpy.com/russell-lee-photos

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Russell Lee –  wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Lee_(photographer)

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