Alabama Immigration Law: Economic Backlash

Loss of undocumented workers could hurt the state's farming industry.
2:00 | 10/14/11

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Transcript for Alabama Immigration Law: Economic Backlash
A federal court rolled back part of the toughest immigration law in the country today for now. Children in Alabama will not be used to track their parents. ABC's Steve -- Sami is in Steele Alabama. For the Hispanic students we -- in Jefferson County Alabama. Today's court ruling brings relief to some of them are on a document for -- and for now the schools can't support them to sleep. But for their parents who work on the farms and in the factories the -- still stands there employers have to report their citizenship. And police can stop and detain and that will. The near -- shuttle all. It is going to put a -- business simply don't get some might help. In the heart of tomato country Hispanic workers and their families are walking off the job and leaving the state in fear. -- and Jeffrey Smith of lost half their people today their crop is dying on the vine and -- racing to pick as much as they can before more workers leave. A lot of people seemed -- -- or whole. That you could find other people to do this work it's not that easy. They can't get of the -- our worst and they end and honestly they can't take the -- would try the different ways you know. -- -- -- We have some very completely annoying have brought here but -- pick -- one million they're great when the tomatoes or this red they're too right to pick. And then ship across the country. Already on this farm 20% of the harvest is either red or rotting on the ground that leaves the farmers will make little to no profit. Johnny -- told us He still supports the new law He applied for 100 new jobs that opened at this chicken factory after undocumented workers moved away. If they don't have -- shown that they. Can work here that only to work here there's too many people out -- -- that there you know were born here and and then lived here that there has no jobs this starving to death. The company told us that He and many others were qualified and worked higher it took awhile but the jobs were eventually filled. Steve listen Sami ABC news Steele Alabama.

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