LYONS, Ga. (AP) -- A lobbying group for Georgia farmers wants the state government to stay out of immigration law.
Delegates for the Georgia Farm Bureau voted Tuesday to oppose any state immigration law that discriminates against farm workers and puts Georgia farmers at a disadvantage to growers elsewhere.
The vote marks the first time that Georgia's farm bureau adopted an immigration policy specifically directed at state government. Growers of vegetables and peaches are heavily dependent on migrants to harvest their labor-intensive crops.
The Farm Bureau's legislative director, Jon Huffmaster, said having a patchwork of conflicting state laws targeting illegal immigrants could create more problems than it solves.
Republicans in the General Assembly are weighing ways to target illegal immigrants. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has long supported tougher measures on illegal immigrants.