Tensions rise as Latinos feel under siege in America’s deep south

by editor | 21st August 2011 8:04 am

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As illegal workers flee the threat of police checks, southerners are uniting to fight the laws dividing communities and killing economies which rely on immigrants to thrive

Paul Harris

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Estimates show the shortage of immigrant labour has left so many crops unpicked that it has cost $1bn Photograph: Ric Francis/AP
The mobile home that Nancy Lugo and her two children live in might not seem like much to many people.
It sits off a dirt road, by a slow-moving creek, on the outskirts of the tiny Georgia town of Uvalda. It is surrounded by thick forest and fields full of the local speciality: Vidalia onions.
Now it is all under threat.
For Lugo is an illegal immigrant in the deep south. In the midst of general anti-immigrant sentiment, several southern states have passed strict anti-illegal immigrant laws that critics say raises the prospect of a new Jim Crow era – the time when segregation was law –across a vast swath of the old Confederacy.

Endnotes:
  1. Alabama: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/alabama
  2. US economy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/useconomy

Source URL: https://globalrights.info/2011/08/2011-08-21-08-07-15/