Alabama and Georgia and found that many were being forced to reduce their crop production due to a severe lack of field-hand laborers.
Farmers such as Keith Dickie said he and other growers in Alabama had no choice but to reduce acreage for fear of not having enough workers to harvest their crops.
According to the AP article, state agriculture officials blame recently enacted immigration legislation for the labor shortage. It seems that after the legislation was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, many illegal immigrants fled the state for fear of being detained and eventually deported. The problem has become so severe that the Alabama Farmers Federation has warned that the labor shortage will affect produce availability and prices this year.
With unemployment at 7.2 percent and almost 50,000 people receiving welfare, it is difficult to understand how Alabama could have this problem. However understanding can be gained by listening to local farmers such as John Aplin, who stated during the interview that non-Hispanics "will work a morning and come up at lunch time and say 'I'm done.'" Apparently the work is to difficult and prospective workers know they can get a bigger paycheck from the government without having to break a sweat. So why work?
Unfortunately this problem is not unique to Alabama and is happening in all states with stringent immigration laws. Due to the laziness of the entitlement class of America, we have become far to dependent upon migrant workers (illegal aliens), who have a better work ethic than our own entitled class. There needs to be a total overhaul of America's system of entitlements and unless one is drooling and confined to a wheelchair, they should be required to accept any available job before being considered for any type of assistance. Too many people are feeding from the government teat.
True Americans do not depend on the government for their livelihoods. They work and will do what ever it takes to not only keep a job, but to prosper in that job.