Santana blasts Georgia immigration bill before Braves game

Carlos should have stayed a couple more days. He then could have had a music buy back program. He could have given a full refund for anyone who supported Georgia’s new immigration bill that had bought his music in the past. If he was really ashamed of the people of Georgia, he surely wouldn’t want the residents of the state purchasing and playing his music. Once again, money rules over beliefs.

Santana blasts Georgia immigration bill before Braves game

By Carroll Rogers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
11:20 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011

Legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana, in town to be honored for a “Beacon of Change” award at Sunday’s MLB Civil Rights Game at Turner Field, called the state’s new immigration law “anti-American.”

Santana took his turn at the podium on the field in a pre-game ceremony before the Braves-Phillies game to criticize the immigration bill just signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Friday.

“I represent the human race,” the Mexican-born Carlos Santana said. “The people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

The Georgia immigration law, HB 87, cracks down on illegal immigration by increasing enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

Supporters of the new state law have long contended it’s needed because the federal government has failed to adequately enforce the nation’s immigration laws. One estimate ranks Georgia seventh nationally among states with an estimated 425,000 illegal immigrants.

Shortly after the game started, Santana met with the media in an impromptu gathering in the Turner Field press box after word of his comments began to break on the Internet and through social media.

He said the law is based on racism and economic anxiety.

“This is about fear, that people are going to steal my job,” Santana said of the law. “No we ain’t. You don’t clean toilets and clean sheets, stop shucking and jiving.”

Santana referenced his 1960s rock-n-roll background and said he is an artist unafraid to speak out.

“It’s an anti-American law. It’s a cruel law, actually,” Santana said. “If you all remember what it was like here with Martin Luther King and the dogs and the hoses, it’s the same thing, only it’s high tech. So let’s change it.”

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