After Immigration Crackdown, Alabama And Georgia Farmers Fear They Won’t Have Enough Labor To Harvest
"After Immigration Crackdown, Alabama And Georgia Farmers Fear They Won’t Have Enough Labor To Harvest"
As a new planting season begins, farmers across Alabama and Georgia are unsure if they will have enough labor this year when it comes time to harvest. Farmers have been struggling with a dearth of skilled farm workers ever since officials in both states passed harmful anti-immigrant laws that prompted many migrant workers and their families to flee. Some farmers are considering planting less or moving to less labor-intensive crops, and others are anticipating higher labor costs to attract workers. “Before this law [HB 56], migrant workers would just show up. They knew when they were needed,” said Brett Hall, Alabama’s deputy agriculture commissioner. “That’s not happening anymore.”