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Groups seek immigration law reform, not repeal
Viable federal guest worker program needed
Onion field for Web
In this Herald file photo from 2006, migrant workers pick onions from a Bulloch County field. Farmers say a new Georgia immigration law set to take effect July 1 is hurting their work force. - photo by Herald File
So far, two major state agricultural associations are not seeking repeal of Georgia’s immigration reform law, but rather hoping the problems it creates will highlight a need for national reform. In particular, the Georgia Agribusiness Council’s president and the Georgia Farm Bureau’s chief lobbyist speak of a need for a guest worker program that works. In a June survey by the Georgia Agribusiness Council, 46 percent of the 132 Georgia farmers, agricultural processors and farm service businesses who responded said they were experiencing some degree of labor shortage.
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