Santana receives civil rights award, blasts AZ, GA over immigration laws

Legendary Mexican-American rock guitarist Carlos Santana, in Georgia Sunday to receive a civil rights award from Major League Baseball, used the opportunity to blast Georgia and Arizona for their strict immigration laws.

He said that if the people of the United States wants to enforce strict immigration laws, they should pack their bags and get out, leaving the country to Native Americans.

From ESPN:

“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.”

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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