Day laborers are used throughout the metro Atlanta area for cash-paying jobs. However, those days may be numbered if a Georgia legislator has his way.
State Sen. Jeff Mullis has introduced a bill to ban the hiring of day laborers. The proposal has sparked debate on what it may or may not do for the state of Georgia, MyFoxAtlanta reports.
"The goal is attrition though enforcement, to encourage people in the country illegally to leave Georgia. The real villains in this are the people that hire the black market labor," said D.A. King, an independent consultant who has worked with Georgia lawmakers to craft previous legislation aimed at illegal immigration.
"Are we going to go after the teenagers that come knocking on your door, wanting to cut your lawn? That happens all across Georgia, all over the suburbs. They're day laborers," said Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.
Gonzalez said enforcing the law would be a problem when Georgia lawmakers are struggling with red ink.
"Georgia's budget is in a hole. How are we going to pay for it? So, this is bad for Georgia's business," said Gonzalez.
"If we take away the illegal labor, we're going to have to hire legal labor, which was the original plan," said King.
Mullis said in a statement, "The people of Georgia deserve a measure that most appropriately deals with Georgia's most pressing needs, without hurting businesses."