Carlos Santana Slams Georgia Immigration Law

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Guitar great Carlos Santana was given the Beacon of Change award before the Atlanta Braves' fifth annual Civil Rights Game Sunday against the Phillies.

The Mexican-American Grammy-winner used the occasion at Turner Field to openly criticize Arizona and Georgia for their tough new immigration laws.

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Saying that he represented immigrants, Santana said, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

The Braves won 3-2 Sunday, but Atlanta's still the loser, Carlos feels.

Friday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill requiring employers to check the immigration status of new hires and allowing law enforcement officers to check suspects' immigration status in some cases.

The law, one of the toughest in the nation, is similar to Arizona's.

“This law is not correct. It's a cruel law, actually,” Santana, who emigrated to San Francisco from his native Mexico in the 1960s, said after the ceremony.

“This is about fear. Stop shucking and jiving. People are afraid we're going to steal your job. No, we aren't. You're not going to change sheets and clean toilets."

“This is the United States. This is the land of the free," he added.

"If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should just get out and leave the American Indians here.”

Santana certainly didn't mince words about this complex and controversial topic. What do you think? Does the singer have a point - or does he miss it?

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thanks carlos for speaking compassion for the downtrodden.

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Big knews "schemer" . The Dream Act will never pass. As you read, upwards of 70% of Americans are against it. Who cares if Carlos is reading this. Americans now know that it is "scheme". Obama has not passed it because it will ruin him politically. Also big news. He has let it known what he thinks of the Dream Act, so Americans will let him know what they think of it in 2012. CAN YOU SAY SCHALLACKING????

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This is how ignorant ppl are, they are sayin carlos this and carlos that well ppl BIG NEWS carlos isnt realy readin ur comments u bunch of idiots

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Oh...the old the system is broke argument. It is not broke. Immigration laws have not been enforced. We have federal laws pertaining to illegal immigration and in-state tuition. IT IS TIME TO ENFORCE THEM. If we don't enforce the problem will never go away, in fact it will expand. The border is not secure. Don't tell me I am ignorant. If you would take the blinders off and read you would see that No other country would put up with this. Now you can move on to the racist/bigot argument which does not fly either. Ask yourself what laws are Americans allowed to break and not be prosecuted. If we do not pay our taxes we are hauled into court and prosecuted. AMERICANS ARE THE ONES BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN THE WORKFORCE AND EDUCATION. What no more tirades? I don't read them anyhow.

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R: I'm not talking amnesty. I am talking about a system that is broke! Reading is what causes ignorance. I guess that's why they say it is bliss

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By the way folks, Emigrated is not the proper terminology. Carlos Santana entered the US illegally. He has since been able to become a citizen of the US.

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Rank: I am an American citizen with white skin! What job did you get passed over for?

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J: Many of us are well aware of just how many are hopping the border everyday, destroying our landscape as they do. Leaving behind their trash and destroying our national parks on the southern border. The illegals entering this country is costing us TOO MUCH TOO BAD IF YOU PERCIEVE OUR SELF PRESERVATION AS A COUNTRY AS RACISM. WE WILL NOT JUST LET ILLEGALS WALK OVER US.

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J:American citizenship is difficult to get for a reason, just as it is difficult in other countries in Europe. The reason is that the citizen taxpayers should not be obligated to SUPPORT OR HAND OVER THEIR JOBS TO THE ILLEGALS. We are a nation of laws and we have a major problem with our souther border being unsecured. Our military is fighting everyday to secure this country and our border is unsecured. Americans, some right now do not even have $50.00 coming in. Illegals are in this country stealing jobs in many arenas. AGAIN THE RACIST THING. I AM SURE YOU ARE BEIGN ADVISED BY LA RAZA. WHY SHOULD OUR SECURITY BE TAKEN AWAY. WHY SHOULD OUR HOSPITALS BE UNAVAILABLE TO US TO USE AS A RESULT OF THE ILLEGALS BANKRUPTING THEM. Take the educations we have so gracially paid for you and GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY AND MAKE IT BETTER, DON'T CONTINUE TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY. THE WHOLE WORLD CANNOT JUST CLAIM WHAT IS NOT THEIRS TO CLAIM.

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dana: i kno we did win i wasn't talkin bout that...i was talkin bout the fact that u don't have any sympathy at all for the illegals that r here. all i'm saying is that this country should help them out a little instead of just sending them to a place that they're not even familiar with! i also dont kno why ur saying if i'm in this country illegally? b/c i'm white n i was born here!

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