A statewide Latino organization is launching a campaign to increase voter registration and turnout. And organizers say opposition to Georgia’s new immigration law will bring out Hispanic voters for next year’s state and federal elections.
Georgia’s new immigration panel met in Atlanta for the first time Thursday. The seven-member group will review complaints from registered citizens about how public agencies are enforcing the state’s immigration law.
This week, controversy flared over a Governor Deal appointment to the state’s new immigration enforcement panel. And there are concerns from some over how the panel will go about its business. A portion of Georgia’s new immigration law creates the Immigration Enforcement Review Board—a seven member panel appointed by state elected officials.
State officials are eying a North Carolina coop program that makes it easier for small farmers to hire foreign guest workers. Many of Georgia's large growers already employ such workers. The program could help farmers who continue to say Georgia’s new immigration law has scared away migrant workers this summer.
Agriculture and hospitality industry officials told state Senators Wednesday that the new immigration bill continues to hurt Georgia companies. One official said some businesses are beginning to avoid hiring people with ethnic last names.
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.