Carlos Santana Speaks Out Against Immigration Laws in Arizona, Georgia
05/17/2011 - 16:18 ||
On Sunday, legendary guitar God Carlos Santana was given the Beacon of Change award before the Atlanta Braves played their fifth annual Civil Rights Game.
Santana used the opportunity to stand up for immigrants and against the new Georgia and Arizona immigration laws. "The people of Arizona and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," he said. Although some people in the crowd began to boo at Santana for his statement, but he continued in a press conference after the game, "This law is not correct. It's a cruel law, actually, 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. I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy. Who cleans the sheets? Who cleans the toilets? Who babysits? I am here to give voice to the invisible."
On Friday, only two days before the ceremony, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HR70, a bill almost identical to the Arizona SB 1070 law. The bill gives the state and local police the power to demand immigration documentation from any Latinos they suspect to be undocumented. It also requires that employers check the immigration status of any new hires.
Santana, who immigrated to San Francisco from Mexico back in the 1960s, concluded: “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.”