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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Carlos is right. The Indians were here first, and Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California were stolen in a trumped up war. "Our" land? Sure, immigrants get benefits, they also pay taxes, and illegal immigrants never get the benefits of the social security taxes they pay into the system. Don't like his views? Don't buy his music. And don't even get started on how the minorities have been economically discriminated against over the last couple of hundred years, which prevents them from accumulating and inheriting wealth. Read some history and economics books written by someone not from the U.S.

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Hey Carlos
your a great guitar player but don't think you understand the dynamics of immigration.I went to one of your concerts a couple of years ago where you also made it his polical sounding board. I went to enjoy the concert not listen to your polical statements. I won't go to another one of your concerts again. Go watch the immigration gumballs on u-tube some time. How about taking some of your money and putting it where your mouth is and send it to Mexico and get the cartels and criminals under control and then maybe we could think of opening a border. We fought and won our battles here. You need to go there and fight your own battles.

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No Miriam, we have to have fences and laws or the terriorists will just walk into our country and do us in. Please stop taking the drugs you are taking, you may see things clearly.

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Michelle Smith is claiming that the illegals do not get welfare or food stamps. YES THEY DO. THEY HAVE ABOUT 6 ANCHOR BABIES AND THEN THEY WORK UNDER THE TABLE. If you are illegal and have an anchor baby, you get all the benefits. We need to change our birthright citizenship laws so that we can supporting these blood sucking complaining. Michelle you are totally wrong. If they have an anchor baby they can get benefits in every state. YOU HAVE NO CLUE.

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What is it with Mexican Nationals that enter the U.S.?
Just because Carlos Santana and George Lopez escaped Mexico's poverty.... ( they have toilet paper and toilets that flush)
They now feel THEY ALONE should DICTATE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES! GO TO HELL SANTANA AND LOPEZ! WE NEVER NEEDED YOU AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE BOTH OF YOU GET LOST IN MEXICO!

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Genius my ass! Just another beanbag that ran like a chicken from "good ol' Mexxxico! Unlike that shithole Mexxxico,we are a land of laws! Love it or leave it beaner!

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I will never buy his music again. He is disgusting and should move to Mexico, where the drug gangs run the country.

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Lets just open our borders and let anyone in. Is that what Santana wants. This is our country and no one should come in here illegally.Mexicans work for less and that is why they have taken over the construction industry. That means less jobs for citizens of this country. In ten years I fear the language of the land will be Spanish and you won't get a job if you are not bilingual.

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If you have a problem with Atlanta or Arizona then why did you show up and accept the award.... Go back home and be with your people.

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Santana left out the fact that the reason Georgia initiated the laws is because they have had it with their citizens being murdered by illegal immigrants (DWI, with licenses). Many Americans are the victims of crimes by illegals. Woman in New Hyde Pk, N.Y. beaten in the head by an illegal. She is permanently brain damaged. DNA at the scene confirms he molested a two year old in Texas. Current DNA shows he is breaking into homes. Still on the loose. How many Americans are killed every year. 17% of these "innocent" illegals have criminal records, child molestation, serial killers, rapists. You only need to look up the stats. Our president is pandering. Could this be why states are jumping in and protecting their citizens with strict laws.