After cracking down on illegal immigrants, Georgia may eliminate a program meant to help farmers navigate the complicated process for getting visas for migrant laborers. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's budget plan calls for cutting $150,000 in funding for two liaison positions at the Department of Agriculture. The employees were supposed to work as go-betweens, helping farmers use federal programs that grant visas to migrant laborers.
Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.