He’s right. Agribusinesses in Georgia depend on immigrants. And I don’t believe the crap from a lot of the anti-immigration side that Americans would be willing to plow the fields if we did not have immigrants. Probably they would, but not for cheap. Prices would have to correspondingly go up if that happened. But, let’s not gloss over the fact that an illegal alien’s first act upon entering the country is breaking the law.
It’s “critically important” that agriculture be at the forefront of discussions of immigration reform, says U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.Chambliss said he plans today to introduce a bill that promises to provide a stable work force for the production and harvesting of crops while strengthening protection of the nation’s borders and increasing penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.
Chambliss told reporters Monday that the bill is based on four principles: prevention protection, accountability and compassion. “If we can’t stop the inflow of illegal immigrants into this country, we are not going to be able to change our laws in any positive way whatsoever,” he said.