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  1. TigerLily says:

    Am I the only one that thinks it is way cool that a Congressman has a top 10 iTunes list? 🙂

  2. midtowndem says:

    Jack Kingston (R) called for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prosecute businesses shut down Monday by their illegal alien employees who took the day off to participate in protests of immigration legislation.

    Jack Kingston (R) should have researched what harm he would inflict on Georgia’s leading industries by urging the ICE to prosecute businesses shut down Monday due to the immigration rallies.

    Vidalia Onions are worth about $75 million a year to the 98 registered growers in Georgia and their statewide economic effect is estimated at $200 million. On Monday none of the 175 seasonal laborers who normally work Mike Collins’ 500 acres of Vidalia onion fields in southeastern Georgia showed up.

    Jack Kingston (R) would cause Collins the Vidalia Onion grower to receive fines from the Immigration Service in the range of $43,750 to $350,000 if he were to receive penalties as a first time offender.

    I am curious if Sonny Perdue would support Kingston’s position on this issue?

    http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060501-112825-6784r.htm
    http://www.modbee.com/business/story/12126889p-12875739c.html
    http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=74758
    http://cbs4.com/topstories/topstories_story_122213526.html
    http://www.freshplaza.com/2006/03mei/1_us_vidaliaonions.htm

  3. midtowndem says:

    Jack Kingston (R called for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prosecute businesses shut down Monday by their illegal alien employees who took the day off to participate in protests of immigration legislation.

    Jack Kingston (R) should have researched what harm he would inflict on Georgia’s leading industries by urging the ICE to prosecute businesses shut down due to the immigration rallies. Vidalia Onions are worth about $75 million a year to the 98 registered growers in Georgia and their statewide economic effect is estimated at $200 million. On Monday none of the 175 seasonal laborers who normally work Mike Collins’ 500 acres of Vidalia onion fields in southeastern Georgia showed up.

    Jack Kingston (R) would cause Mike Collins the Vidalia Onion grower in South Georgia referenced in the previous post to receive fines from the Immigration Service in the range of $43,750 to $350,000 if Collins were to receive penalties as a first time offender.

    I am curious if Sonny Perdue would support Kingston’s position on this issue?

    http://www.modbee.com/business/story/12126889p-12875739c.html
    http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=74758
    http://cbs4.com/topstories/topstories_story_122213526.html
    http://www.freshplaza.com/2006/03mei/1_us_vidaliaonions.htm
    http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060501-112825-6784r.htm

  4. Demonbeck says:

    Kingston urged ICE to prosecute businesses shut down by ILLEGAL alien workers. It is entirely legal for Vidalia onion growers to use LEGAL migrant workers with a proper H1B (or is it H2B?) Visas. Despite whatever perch/high horse you are peering at this subject from midtown, LEGAL immigrants resent ILLEGAL immigrants as much, if not more than many of us US Born citizens. There is a legal way to use migrant workers and there is an illegal way. Because the illegal problem is so large and our system for stopping them is so inept, it has become easier to break the law than to go through legal channels. Kingston is advocating a crack down on the companies hiring illegal workers and I, for one, applaud him for it.

  5. nfire says:

    Demonbeck-

    H-1B workers must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the field in which they are working. I’m not sure which school they’d have to go to to get a bachelor’s degree in onion picking.

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