Harsh immigration laws in Georgia force the state to rely on prisoners to harvest their crops; demographics paint a bleak recovery path for the housing market; and more.
Officials Tap Prisoners to Harvest Farms in Georgia
In a similar vein to Alabama's woes, tough immigration legislation in Georgia has caused a series of labor shortages that amounted to about $140 million in losses for the state's agricultural industry last year. To address this, officials are using prisoners to help farmers harvest the crops. Georgia's immigration law is similar to those in Alabama and Arizona, giving police the ability to check for identification from suspects and levying harsh punishments on businesses that hire undocumented workers.
Read more: Forbes (5/17)
Census: Texas Joins Four Other States in Minority-Majority Status
Texas is now one of five minority-majority states, according to estimates released on Thursday by the Census Bureau. About 55 percent of the Texas population in 2011 was a race other than non-Hispanic whites, a trend that is being seen across the entire country. Starr County boasted the highest percentage of Hispanics at 95.7 percent.
Read more: The Texas Tribune (5/17)
Senator Introduces Bill to Increase Visas for Highly Skilled Tech Workers