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Georgia Immigration Law

May 18, 2011

Recently, Georgia governor Nathan Deal passed an immigration bill titled “HB 87” that states that the police would have a right to check a proven criminal for their immigration status and would force businesses with more than ten employees to do the same for their staff.  Many farmers are concerned that this could lead to a potential economic crisis in Georgia due to the lack of hands to tend to the crops, and many immigrant opposers stated they would boycott all Georgia products and services until this law is declared unconstitutional for the reason of racism and prejudice.

Now that I’ve done more research on this bill and its effects, I’m somewhere in the middle. On one hand, it would open proper American citizens to jobs that were previously handled by illegal immigrants. On the other, this could lead to a legal, respectable Latino driving along the road, minding his or her own business, and suddenly being pulled over by an officer to be checked for their immigration status. To me, this is unfair. But for someone who is unemployed, I think it’s unfair that I don’t have a job yet those that crossed into this country without permission do.

I am fine with people coming into Georgia (or any state, for that matter) and living a presumably normal life; I do not want to deny them that. I’m just concerned about the many that are unemployed because a job is taken by someone who is not supposed to be here in the first place. I am aware of the economic opportunities other countries do not have; but the United States is already in a recession, and employment is not at an all-time high.

At the same time, the law could present problems regarding the economy. Because the farm workers now have less hands to work in their fields, they can only produce so many crops, thus their affluence will not be as significant as it once was. There needs to be a circulation of money in order for the economy to work, like an organism and its blood. Furthermore, the possible boycott could create even more economic turmoil as Georgian products will be denied purchase, creating a possible surplus of useless products that would only cause more problems.

I don’t know which side I will take, but I do think this bill could both help and injure our economy. So, either way, we’re not really gaining anything other than keeping our title as being the “Deep South.” Yay.

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One Comment
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