Skip to comments.Official: immigration law could hurt poultry biz
Posted on 08/08/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT by Principled
More than a week after a judge blocks parts of Arizona's immigration law, the executive director of a Georgia Latino group said if that law is passed in the peach state, the poultry industry would feel the fallout.
Jerry Gonzalez with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials said anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of the workforce in the poultry industry is illegal.
"If we were to remove 40 to 50 percent of the workforce, would our economy suffer," Gonzalez asked during WDUN's The Local Hour Friday morning. "The answer to that is yes."
He said lawmakers need to question whether or not the North Georgia economy can withstand the kind of negative economic impact an Arizona-type law might have.
Gonzalez said the tax strain on the local level caused by illegal immigrants should be considered but so should the contributions of illegals to the livelihood of North Georgia's economy.
So their "leader" says it will do harm to the economy to enforce the law? Notwithstanding the peculiarity of that statement - he gives no evidence that it's true. Further, should it even matter?
Ya think w/ Ga's 10%+ unemployment that the industry would find workers?!
IDIOTS these illegals' leaders are... IDIOTS.
No chicken? We’re doomed! Doomed!
lulz.......some ridiculous BS these days.....
When it comes to the left leaners, up is down and down is up.
OK. That’s it. I give up.
We must immediately give up all thoughts of protecting our sovereignity because to do so might inconvenience the poultry business.
They economy wouldn’t be hurt.
The plants would be forced to pay fair wages and benefits.
I think he means Mexico’s economy but wants us to think otherwise.
At one time this industry paid Americans $18/hr with full benefits. Now they pay illegals $6/hr with no benefits. What happened? Did poultry really become that much cheaper?
Well TOUGH you idiots !
Well TOUGH you idiots !
So there’s nobody unemployed in Georgia?
Uh, that’s not good enough.
You raise the wages until you get employees. Period.
Don’t sweat it. I’ll pay more for my stuff if I know I’m hiring Americans, sparky.
It’s high time Americans grow their own damn food again and stop depending on foreign labor.
I wonder what the Georgia Association of Caucasian Elected Officials thinks about this.
Oh poo. I guess some of those ill-gotten, illegal, profits made by using underpaid illegal labor will have to be spent on hiring legal workers.
This is the exact justification the cotton planters in the south used before the civil war.
In order to pay fair wages and benefits (assuming the illegals are paid for less or neither) will cause the price of chicken to rise, assuming the producers want to maintain current profit levels. If pricing is resistant to upward increases, it will force the producers to create more efficient production methods for chicken processing. Whichever way it goes, higher chicken prices can’t be anywhere near as bad as what it costs to educate, provide medical care, and foodstamps to illegals and their offspring, all subsidized by you and me (either legally or fraudulently), the taxpayer. Even if all the food processors, landscapers and cheap construction workers were to leave the work force, America would find a way to bridge the gap, whether putting legal Americans back to work, etc. Prices will adjust according to supply and demand, if Americans can’t readily afford one thing, they’ll adjust the way they always have. No big deal.
Dont sweat it. Ill pay more for my stuff if I know Im hiring Americans, sparky.
BINGO! And the fact is you won't pay more because a tighter labor market will lead to innovation and greater efficiency.
That's right. Let the market work.