Two Years After Immigration Laws, Georgia and Alabama Stable

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) -- Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.

Farmers say many of the migrants have returned because the laws are not heavily enforced and it once again seems safe to be here.

But community activists say some migrants are still staying away or have gone underground, while some farmers are filling labor shortages with workers hired through a program that grants workers temporary legal visas.

Meanwhile, both employers and workers are watching as Congress wrestles over proposals that aim to simultaneously prevent future illegal immigration and offer a chance at citizenship for millions now living in the country illegally.

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