As the Latin American writer Alvaro Vargas Llosa wrote, "Whenever there is a disconnect between the law and reality, reality finds ways of making the law irrelevant." That is happening very quickly in immigration. Intrusive regulatory mandates like E-Verify are just expensive regulatory diversions.
Rural America simply does not have the native-born workforce it needs to produce America's food. With no visas available and a shortage of local labor, the result is an industry that has become deeply dependent on undocumented workers.
How do immigrants and Latinos flex their voting muscle to effectively remind our national elected leaders that we cannot be taken for granted, especially when it comes to solving a deeply-emotional and personal issue like immigration reform?
In Georgia, farmers are finding it nearly impossible to replace the immigrant workers who are fleeing the state in fear of a draconian piece of legislation that mirrors provisions of Arizona's controversial SB 1070.
Arizona's law has not been shown to reduce illegal immigration. In 2008, the first year it was in effect, state income tax collection dropped 13%. But sales tax revenues on food and clothing remained fairly steady.
Over the next few weeks and months, we'll hear Republicans claim unequivocally that E-Verify is the solution to our immigration problem. So, let's look at some key facts about the GOP's next "great" idea.