Usually, when folks suffer the consequences of their bad choices, we say that they are reaping what they have sown. But, in the case of Georgia's Arizona-style immigration law , the state is NOT reaping what it has sown. Millions of dollars worth of what it has sown.
Not since Sherman's Army of The Tennessee dropped in for torch-lit Rape & Pillage™ has Georgia's farmland experienced the kind of ruin recently wrought by the state's legislative locusts.
Get-tough-on-illegal-immigration laws have inadvertently created manpower shortages on farms. The result: produce rots in the vine, and those "Made in America" fruits and vegetables will be replaced with inexpensive imports.
The great irony here is that the same crowd that chants the mantra of "limited government" is the same one that pushed this business-busting legislation through. The man who signed this into law is the same Governor who was smart enough and courageous enough to spearhead an initiative to clear his state's prisons of nonviolent drug offenders, the victims of Georgia's last bone-headed legislative crackdown, to make room for gang-bangers, rapists, and child molesters.
So far the conscription of these criminals into a makeshift Convict Land Army directed to the fields by their parole agents is the only solution the government has tendered to deal with the great migrant farmworker desertion.
Many of these felons don't last a week. These are the same offenders who prefer risking the shivs, shanks, and sodomy of jail to working eight hours a day in a nice air conditioned McDonald's. Yet, for some reason, now they are going to toil from sun-up to sundown under Dixie's infernal sun for a pittance?