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Farmers fear worker shortage
New Ga. law raising costs for businesses, causing migrants to skip state
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Migrant workers pick peanuts in a Bulloch County field prior to the 2010 Brooklet Peanut Festival last August. Bulloch farmers are worried they won't have enough workers after a tough new Georgia immigration law takes effect July 1. - photo by JAMES HEALY/Herald File
With most parts of Georgia's new immigration law slated to go into effect on July 1, Georgia farmers are already experiencing migrant labor shortages with expectations for the situation to worsen exponentially over the next several months. Even a ruling Monday that temporarily halts some of the law's provisions is not expected to make much of a difference. The new law, known as HB 87, would allow law enforcement to check the immigration status of a suspect who cannot provide identification and empowers them to turn over anyone found to be in the country illegally to federal authorities.
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