Santana to Georgia: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

Blasts state for 'cruel law,' and has harsh words for Arizona, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 8:38 AM CDT
Carlos Santana gestures after receiving the Major League Baseball Beacon of Change Award during the annual Civil Rights Games Sunday, May 15, 2011, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – Carlos Santana is not happy with Georgia's new immigration law—or the Arizona law it's modeled on, for that matter. "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," the musician said at yesterday's annual baseball Civil Rights Game. "This law is not correct. It's a cruel law, actually." Among other things, the Georgia law requires some employers to check the immigration status of employees they hire, the AP reports.

"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," continued Santana, who was at the Braves-Phillies game to receive the Beacon of Change Award. "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." Click for more on the Georgia law. (Read more Arizona immigration law stories.)

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