Alabama Immigrants Flee Law, Leave Crops To Rot
A new AP report finds that the new Alabama law has caused perhaps hundreds of thousands of so-called immigrants to flee the state.
Farmers are feeling the brunt of it as many have unpicked crops which are rotting on the vine. According to the report:
On Chandler Mountain in north Alabama, tomato farmer Lana Boatwright said only eight of the 48 Hispanic workers she needed for harvest showed up after the law took effect. Those who did were frightened.
“My husband and I take them to the grocery store at night and shop for them because they are afraid they will be arrested,” she said.
Farmer Chad Smith said his family farm stands to lose up to $150,000 because there are not enough workers to pick tomatoes spoiling in the fields.
“We will be lucky to be in business next year,” he said.
The financial toll will vary by area, and experts said it’s too early to make predictions.
Builders have complained they can’t find replacement workers and delays in projects are expected. Once the economy picks up and construction returns to normal, the impact will increase, said Russell Davis, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Alabama.
“There is going to be a void. No question,” Davis said.
A group of patriotic Americans showed up to the farm to protest, but oddly opted not to work. Click below to see footage of their protest.