In a report released yesterday Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black called on Congress to "fix" the immigration problem in the United States.
Black was instructed to study the new immigration law that was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Deal. Farmers and farm orginizations, such as the Georgia Farm Bureau, opposed the law when it was being debated in the General Assembly.
According to the report that was released by Black yesterday, farmers in Georgia lost over $10 million because of shortage of migrant workers during the past growing season. According to the state’s ag commissioner the current federal "guest worker program" is to "cumbersome" for farmers to use.
Under the new Georgia law, farmers must check with a federal database before hiring migrant workers.