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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Brittany: There you go pulling that race card out. If you are in the country illegally, you are breaking the law. You twisted my words to fit your opinion. I said 17% of illegals have criminal records. THAT CAN BE CONFIRMED ON THE NET. Secondly, that is your opinion. No one is MAKING YOU HATE THIS COUNTRY. We have laws and we expect them to enforced. If you enter this country illegally there is a price to pay. That price is that you could be caught and sent back to where you belong. And "no" I am not full shit. We did win the war and we entend to win this one.

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@Dana YOUR FULL OF SHIT, MAYBE WE DID WIN THIS COUNTRY BY WAR...BUT, OBVIOUSLY U DON'T REALIZE THAT NOT EVERYONE THAT COME HERE ILLEGAL OR CRIMINALS...IN FACT MOST OF THEM R CHILDREN, WHOM CALL THIS COUNTRY THEIR HOME N THEY DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHERE THEY WERE BORN B/C THIS IS ALL THEY'VE KNOWN ALL THEIR LIVES....MY HUSBAND ISN'T LEGAL AND I AM I WAS BORN HERE N SOMETIMES I'M PROUD OF IT BUT, U KNOW THERES TIMES WHEN I WISH I WASN'T B/C I'M ASHAMED OF THIS COUNTRY FOR THE WAY THEY ACT, B/C THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE LOVING AND CARING TO ANYONE NO MATTER THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN...BUT, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S NOT TRUE!!! I JUST WISH THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING BETTER TO HELP ILLEGAL PEOPLE INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM HATE THIS COUNTRY!!!

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This country is pretty much already screwed. Forget about keeping people out- let them come. We more hands to take back control of our government from the mega-wealthy. But forget that altogether and do a little research about how hard is to gain citizenship of somewhere like France or England. Its nearly impossible unless you are, again, mega-wealthy. So instead- let's leave this country to whomever would consider it a step up and lobby to make other countries let US move THERE.

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@Toni: Who the hell is Carlos Santana. When he entered our country he had no respect for the US. He is not loyal to the country that made him rich. But, now he is a washed has been and he is not furthering his career by slamming this country. He is in fact, reinforcing what most Americans know. Citizenship in this country should be difficult to get. You need to be willing to struggle for it. Not just break the law, criticize, or laugh at the US. NO AMNESTY, NO DREAM ACT. The Dream Act should be called the "Scheme Act" because it is for people up to the age of 30 and it will allow the "dreamers" to sponsor the very persons who broke our laws and are criminals, their parents and other family members. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WILL NOT BE SILENCED.

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@JSilva: As usual the truth is being bent. We won the land in the war. I will go on to say that 17% of illegals entering our country are criminals. They are serial killers, child molestors and rapists. Illegals drive without drivers licenses. They kill while DWI. If you do not believe these stats you need only look it up online. Illegals are able to collect welfare and food stamps for anchor babies. They receive free health care for that child. They have bankrupted many hospitals on the souther border because if they are in need of major health care (organ transplant or dialysis) they head for the US. We are federally mandated to educate their children K-12 but they are not happy with that so they are fighting for in-state tuition and winning in many states. PEOPLE WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND PRESIDENT TODAY. e-mail takes one second. Let them know you will not tolerate this invasion.

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@Agrolass: Americans are not going to condone gatecrashers who not only break in but attempt to claim the land and all the resources. America has been invaded and most Americans are not going to sit by and let it happen. In a post 9/11 world we cannot have poeple walking into our country and setting up shop. We know that Hispanic groups such as La Raza have advised to just claim that we are being racist. Meanwhile we know that their are people from all over the world have entered our country illegally or over-stayed their visas. 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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I'm sure I understand the problem. In Mexico there are laws that prohibit any school in the country to speak, teach or have literature that is in any other language than Spanish....so, it's ok for Mexico but but not for the USA?? What I also don't understand is, if you want to be a legal citizen in this country, just fill out the damn paperwork!! IT'S EASY!!! I did it and was a citizen within 9 months....oh yeah but I may have had an advantage....I have no criminal history! :)

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All you Americans are retarded and frankly incredibly racist!!!
Every single non-native American came to this country at some point over the last 300 odd years to lead a better life and escape persecution etc.
That is exactly what every immigrant wants, so just because you got there first you have all the rights and they don't?
Grow up, you're all a bunch of racists in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Land of the free my ass!!!!

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carlos santana is operating on a double standard,..native americans have been struggling for years,in order to get major sports teams...to stop fomenting stereotypes.."Atlanta Braves" "Cleveland Indians"..Washington Redskins"..but not once does he even flinch @ the symbol used for the Braves logo..le's not forget the "tomahawk chop"..all he's sayin' is civil rights an'equality but only for the mexicans,but the same way blax cavort across the field dressed as "washington redskins",would they still do that if the teams were named "washington blacks" an' used "buckwheat" as a mascot?,or "atlanta mexicans"w the "frito bandido" as a mascot?..no equality thoughts here fokes..jus' rites for mexicans only...

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He can play the guitar,,,,,,, but he's a moron!!

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