Fri., July 15, 2011 2:12pm (EDT)

Immigration Crackdown Hits Restaurants
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
Nearly 50 percent of Georgia restaurant operators surveyed say they have a labor shortage now due to the state's new immigration law. (photo-lumierefl)
Nearly 50 percent of Georgia restaurant operators surveyed say they have a labor shortage now due to the state's new immigration law. (photo-lumierefl)
Georgia restaurant operators are weighing-in on how the state’s new immigration law is affecting their business. On Friday, the Georgia Restaurant Association released the results of a survey.

Nearly 50 percent of respondents say they have a labor shortage right now. And nearly 9-in-10 say they expect to have problems filling jobs in the future.

The GRA’s survey also included long-form comments expressing concern that hourly wages may have to rise to help fill jobs. One opinion predicts those business costs would eventually pass down to the customer.

Two provisions of Georgia’s immigration law were temporarily blocked by a federal judge, but some parts went into effect July 1st. That includes prison time and fines for people found using false documentation to get a job.

The GRA concludes its survey shows there’s cause for concern for the law’s impact on businesses.