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Overly severe immigration laws weaken the economy

August 28, 2012

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, signed into law last May by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, cost the state more than $340 million dollars and more than 3,000 jobs, despite assurances from Governor Deal that eliminating illegal labor would create 11,000 new jobs.
Charles Hall, executive director, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, discussed ramifications of this law as part of a panel on immigration reform during the Texas Produce Association annual conference recently in San Antonio.

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