Carlos Santana Criticizes Georgia's New Immigration Law
Days after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed off on a new Arizona-style regulation, Carlos Santana brought the immigrant-friendly spirit of Bay Area liberalism to baseball's yearly Civil Rights Game. Saying he was representing immigrants, Santana -- who was born in the Mexican state of Jalisco -- issued a straight-up scold: "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," he said.
"This law is not correct. It's a cruel law, actually," Santana said in an impromptu news conference 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."
Added Santana: "This is the United States. This is the land of the free. If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here."
Similar to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, the Georgia law requires employers to check employees' immigration status and allows local police to check some suspects' immigration status.
Santana was born in Jalisco, and later moved with his family to Tijuana, then to San Francisco, where he graduated from Mission High School. He became a U.S. citizen in 1965.----
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