Posted: Sunday, August 8th 2010 at 10:22am
Official: immigration law could hurt poultry biz
By Katie Highsmith
UNDATED- 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.
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