By: AP
By: AP

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) -- Farmers and Alabama state lawmakers are meeting to discuss a labor shortage that growers blame on a new law targeting illegal immigrants.

The meeting is set for Monday at a Good Hope restaurant. Sweet potato grower Keith Smith told The Cullman Times that the farmers will meet with lawmakers from Cullman County and elsewhere to discuss their problems. He says lawmakers rushed to pass the bill without considering the consequences.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama's harsh new law until she can decide whether the legislation opposed by the Obama administration -- is constitutional. It would require farmers to use a federal database to make sure their workers are in the country legally.

State agriculture officials say farmers are reporting that Latino workers are leaving.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Keith Location: Alpharetta, GA on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    The farmers have H2A Visa to get as much help as they need. The problem is the help has all wandered off the farm because of the lack of immigration enforcement.
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      by re: keith on Sep 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Keith
      The H2A program is not economically feasible for a 2 month harvest due to the costs involved. Furthermore, there is an allotment so farmers usually do not get the amount of workers that they need. Also, studies have shown that close to 50% of those that utilize the H2A workers are not satified with it and that almost 75% say the workers show up on average of 3 weeks late which means the farmer loses their crop. Just sayin' that the H2A program only 'sounds' like an alternative....
  • by tee on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    If they are here illegally then kick them out.Do not make concessions to the farmers,while everyone else suffers,just to please the minority farmer.Hell no that's the major problem with this country right know,is caving in to minority groups while the masses suffer from the dicissions.
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