You Mean Forcing Illegal Immigrants Out is a Bad Idea?

June 21st, 2011

Georgia passed a tough anti-illegal immigration law that, among other things, makes using fake identification to get a job punishable by up to 15-years in prison, and here are the results:

Thanks to the resulting labor shortage, Georgia farmers have been forced to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons 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.

So, the state passes a bill to push illegal immigrants out of the state to reduce their use of government services, and torpedoes their agricultural industry. I’m just shocked.

Smart move, there. I suppose this settles the “if we just get rid of illegal immigrants our problems are solved” myth that’s so prevalent on the right. (Or, more likely, not.)