Minutes before the Georgia Legislature convenes, Democratic and Republican lawmakers spar over illegal immigration and how best to approach it in the state. The Republican lawmakers of course want to increase the state's tough anti-immigration policies. However, Democratic state lawmakers warned against any legislation that would scare immigrants away from Georgia and hurt the state’s economy, especially Georgia’s $65 billion agricultural industry, which relies heavily on immigrant workers.
Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, and Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone, held a news conference warning against any legislation that would scare immigrants away from Georgia and hurt the state’s economy. They said: 'Ill-conceived anti-immigrant legislation won’t do that.' I completely agree.