Carlos Santana Speaks Out Against AZ, GA Immigration Laws at 'Civil Rights Game'

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Rocker Carlos Santana was given the Beacon of Change award before the Atlanta Braves' fifth annual Civil Rights Game on Sunday, which they played against the Philadelphia Phillies; as he accepted the award, he used the opportunity to criticize both Arizona and Georgia for their new immigration laws.

Three awards were presented on Sunday. The Beacon of Life Award went to Cubs great and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. The Beacon of Hope Award went to actor Morgan Freeman. Finally, the Beacon of Change Award went to Carlos Santana.

It was on Friday, two days before the ceremony, that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill, HR70, which is very similar in nature to Arizona's SB1070 law. HR70 give state and local police the power to demand immigration papers from people they suspect to be undocumented. In addition, it requires many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

When Carlos Santana took the microphone, he said that he was representing all immigrants. Remember, this was Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game. When Santana added, "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," the cheers quickly turned to boos.

It was made clear that one shouldn't talk about Civil Rights during the Civil Rights Game.

The game began in 2007, and has had three host stadiums, so far, with each on hosting for two consecutive years. First was AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN, for 2007 and 2008. Next was the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, and now Atlanta's Turner Field will host for 2011 and 2012.

Later, in the press box, Carlos Santana held an impromptu press conference to further address the issue. He said,

Santana held an impromptu press conference where he let loose with an improvised speech to rival one of his virtuoso guitar solos. He said, "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.

"Most people at this point they are either afraid to really say what needs to be said, this is the United States the land of the free. If people want the immigration law to keep passing in every state then everybody should get out and just leave the American Indians here. This is about Civil Rights."

Arizona's SB1070 is reportedly on its way to the Supreme Court, if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has her way.

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Carlos, if its ok to break laws, we should release everyone in jail. That's y laws r passed, to be enforced. R u saying close down jails and release murderers, petifiles, etc? U can't hold one group to accountable and allow others to come here and break laws. Anything illegal is against the law. POINT DAMMIT BLANK!!!!

But seriously, Carlos should just stick to being a musician and NOT an Opportunist or Political Mouthpiece. He has zero credibility as a politician and not much more as a Socialist. It seems that everyone, once famous (regardless of reason), pretends to believe they are an expert obligated to solve the worlds' problems. He is 'Smooth', but not 'Supernatural' or a 'Black Magic Woman'... His own music carried the words.... "They All Went to Mexico"... 1983. Carlos... just stick with your M.U.S.I.C. and everyone will continue to L.O.V.E. you...

Submitted by Tucano Fulano (not verified) on
This guy was speechifying about foreigners, illegal aliens, criminals.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Carlos Thank you for speaking out on a very important issue. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ Zac 7:10 "All men are created equal"? Is America a land with opportunities for all that are willing to work?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If its a land of opportunity, y doesn't everyone pay their fair share in taxes? Some come here and earn cash for salary without taxes being with held. U can't just barge your way in a country illegally. U have to abide by our laws.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, including the rich ( you're probably not rich) just ignorant and un educated. Europeans barged in displacing, cheating, breaking "Treaties" by the thousands...Don't mention legality, it's B. S. but you're too ignorant to know this.

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