“Pickin’ that cotton in eleven foot sacks
Goddamn shotgun at my back.”
“Parchman Farm” by Mose Allison
There has been much made of how “illegal aliens” are taking jobs that American citizens would be happy to have “if only them furriners didn’t sneak over and work so cheap an all.”
Well, in Georgia they passed a really tough new immigration law and now farmers can’t seem to find anyone to work in the fields. Things have gotten so bad that they might actually have to pay folks a decent wage!
Fortunately the government is coming to their rescue. The state is planning to use convict labor to harvest fruit and vegetables in the Georgia fields.
“The work would be voluntary for the prisoners. Pay would be set by farmers, though it would be at least minimum wage. Prisoners would pay for their transportation to and from the farms.