Georgia recently passed HB 87, an effort to enforce federal immigration laws at the local level, much like Arizona’s SB1070. Now undocumented workers are fleeing the state in fear, leaving the farming industry incapable of handing the harvest. This could cost the state millions of dollars.
Conservatism used to be about avoiding the unintended consequences of dramatic change, or so said conservative philosopher Edmund Burke.
Ronald Reagan said “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and have lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”
Instead of rational pragmatic solutions to immigration, today we have fringe elements making activist decisions to radically change policy in the country. Turns out there are unintended consequences.
Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” recently went to Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia. Looks like the voters got a raw deal.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee