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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