Doug Richards of 11Alive has been doing a fine job of covering the impact of Georgia’s new illegal immigration bill. In this clip, he has a former Gov. Sonny Perdue making some careful statements that might be viewed as criticism of the Legislature’s action this spring:
Not all of Perdue’s remarks are shown on video. From the 11Alive website:
“I wanted Georgia to be known as a state that was friendly and welcoming to people,” Perdue said. “And while I absolutely believe in the rule of law and that people should be here legally, I think we should be hospitable and kind and compassionate.”
Perdue said the shortage of agricultural workers is understandable, given that field work has been traditionally the domain of Hispanic migrant workers.
“There’s a real legitimate worker shortage where there is a real fear and perception that Georgia is probably not a state to be seen in if you’re of a different color,” Perdue said. “And I don’t think that’s what Georgia wants to be known as.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider