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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Carlos Santana blasts new Georgia law on illegal immigration

Staff photo by Curtis Compton

Staff photo by Curtis Compton

Carlos Santana, in town this weekend for an event at Turner Field, blasted Georgia’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

“I represent the human race,” said Santana, who was born in Mexico. “The people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Ga., you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

HB 87 is meant to combat illegal immigration by increasing enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

Santana, who received the “Beacon of Change” award at Sunday’s MLB Civil Rights Game, called the legislation, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday, “anti-American.”

Here is a link to the full story on Santana’s remarks.

Were you at Sunday’s game? Do you agree with Santana or Gov. Deal?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

412 comments Add your comment

Shoeless Joe Jackson

May 16th, 2011
10:23 am

Number ONE: I would be more than happy to send Carlos a dictionary so he can look up the word ILLEGAL.

Number TWO: As a citizen of America and a resident of Georgia, I don’t give a CRAP what Carlos Santana has to say about anything. I’m not gonna lose any sleep over his opinion that Georgia should be “ashamed” over this legislation. Ha! Good one. Isn’t “shame” always the liberal defense when there is no logical or factual basis for their argument?

Number THREE: Carlos is the one who should be embarrassed, and realize he looks like an idiot when he speaks about matters he clearly doesn’t understand. Hey Carlos, how about you stick to what you KNOW, which is playing guitar and leave the business of Georgia’s business to the voters and taxpayers of Georgia. Now there’s an idea.

Common Sense

May 16th, 2011
10:25 am

This guy is a tool. Why would anyone NOT want a law enforced? It is called ILLEGAL immigration for a reason. By the way Jennifer, thank you VERY MUCH for using the proper description here. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Amazing the number of stories on this and it is labeled “anti immigration law”. Wrong! No problem here with someone immigrating LEGALLY. How do you think most of our familes got here?!!? Geez people, just follow the law. It ain’t that hard!

David

May 16th, 2011
10:36 am

Somehow all American’s seem to forget that we came here as Illegal Immigrants. Not wanted nor really welcomed by the Native Americans who had been on this land for far longer. We came, took over their county and named it our own. Somehow people find this acceptable but not for others to come here looking for a better life. I know many mexican families here in Atlanta. Most are good people that keep to themselves, work harded than any anglo-saxon I know, love their family, go to church and try to abide by the laws in this country to have a better life. WE (American’s) should get a grip. This country needs a better way to integrate those that are here and have been law abiding citizens in almost all ways possible. Those that are trouble makers OK send them back. Otherwise do you really think that we are going to deport 12-15 Million people back to Mexcio. Give me a break.

Think about it

May 16th, 2011
10:43 am

The bill is a really bad bill because it only serves to make Deal sound tough on illegal aliens when it really does nothing but increase spending to the care and support of illegal aliens.

Under the bill, workers caught using fake credentials can get up to 15 years of jail time and up to $250K in fines. So, we take a person out of the workforce and give him room and board for 15 years AND expect him to pay a quarter million bucks. If he had that much money, do you think he’d be here in the first place?

In our jails these illegal aliens get free education, job training, health care, food, and so on – all out our expense… for up to 15 years!

Sure this bill won’t make illegal aliens or immigrant advocates happy, but it doesn’t do anything to save our state money or deter illegal aliens from coming here to work either.

SP

May 16th, 2011
10:54 am

That bill is a joke. I’m embarrassed for us. It is bills like this that push American businesses out of business or move to other countries where they can keep low income labor and produce lower priced and more affordable products. Those who are for this bill can keep their big mouths shut when the prices of fresh produce skyrockets. What’s that sound? Oh yeah, it’s the fall of America as China taking over the world!

JASon

May 16th, 2011
11:07 am

We live in a country that everyone in the world wants to come to and live. Why don’t we just open up our borders and let everyone in, that sounds like a really great idea

Rhonda Steele

May 16th, 2011
11:08 am

I agree with our governor. What is the use of having laws if they are selectively applies? My grandaughter had to have a birth certificate, proof of residency and shot records to enroll in school. Illegals do not? As for Carlos Santana – my daughter has worked in many hotels and cleans houses. My next door neighbor cleans houses for a living. It is a lie to say Americans won’t do these jobs – they most certainly will!

USMC DAWG

May 16th, 2011
11:08 am

To hell with Carlos Santana. I was fully expecting Jesse Jackson to make an a$$ of himself, but Carlos gets this one hands down.

cj

May 16th, 2011
11:08 am

Build the fence, deport illegals, do it now. Problem solved.

Henry Halloran

May 16th, 2011
11:09 am

Carlos – isnt it about time to go record an album full of duets with Top-40 artists in order to be relevant again?

Hard

May 16th, 2011
11:09 am

Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.

Rickster

May 16th, 2011
11:09 am

No wonder Carlos plays an instrument – rather than sings. When he opens his mouth he sounds stupid.

E-Lane

May 16th, 2011
11:09 am

What a bunch of racist, rednecks!

george

May 16th, 2011
11:09 am

Who cares what some greasy washed-up has-been would-be entertainer thinks about anything? It’s not his tax money that goes to support the illegal freeloaders.

Michelle

May 16th, 2011
11:10 am

He’s entitled to his own opinion.

I’m not against IMMIGRATION. I’m against ILLEGAL immigration. There’s quite a difference.

Terd Furgesun

May 16th, 2011
11:10 am

First off, David & SP I guess your answer is open borders since the Pilgrims landed illegally. That is a typical liberal answer. Don’t fix the problem, blame the European Caucasions instead. Here is how you fix it. Make them all legal, get them social security numbers, start taxing there pay like everyone else and punsih those business’s that continue to hire illegals. Just think how much our tax revenue would increase in one year. The liberal stance is to do nothing so it brings in more dem supporters. Hell, they won’t even enforce the Federal Law as it is today.
Oh and for Santana, who really cares what actors, musicians or any other leftist artist has to say? They do not live in reality as it is. I give you Charlie Sheen.

Just Awful

May 16th, 2011
11:11 am

I have no problem with Illegal Immigrants coming to the U.S. to gain a better life. But they need to go through the legal way of gaining their U.S. citizneship. I have worked since I was 15 years old and have had taxes taken out of my check since. I have also had to pay for my own college education and health benefits. Why does Carlos Santana think it is even remotely correct that an Illegal Immigrant should be allowed to come to the U.S. and receive FREE healthcare and educational opportunities that tax paying Americans have to pay for out of every paycheck we receive. Instead of him running his mouth why don’t you go show some of those Illegal Immigrants how to become LEGAL U.S. citizens.

Shananeeee Fananeeee

May 16th, 2011
11:11 am

Piss off Carlos

RL

May 16th, 2011
11:12 am

SP,
I’m not embarrassed by this bill. You should not be either unless you support moochers, leeches and parasites sucking off the taxpayer. I for one will resist the Latino invasion. I will say it until blue in the face – cut off their free ride at the schools, clinics, etc.they will go home. No need to deport.

truth

May 16th, 2011
11:12 am

No wonder ppl around the world still of this country as a joke.

I never see a Latino on the street corner begging for money. They actually want to work for it

"stupid is killing america"

May 16th, 2011
11:12 am

David, The problem is Indians didnt have an immigration law…and we see what happens when you dont. We do have immigration laws and Santana IS a tool..his music sucks too!

Me

May 16th, 2011
11:13 am

Amazing we invite some musician to ATL for an award and he insults Georgians. Guy has a lot of nerve

Nathan Deal

May 16th, 2011
11:13 am

I would deport Carlos Santana if I could.

Border Partol

May 16th, 2011
11:13 am

First of all, is Carlos Santana legal? I kind of figured him to be about as legal as Cheech & Chong! Second, we need to fix out welfare & unemployment systems, & quit giving free taxapayer money to citizens that are too lazy or proud to get out & find work in this economy!

Is anyone home?

May 16th, 2011
11:15 am

ILLEGAL means ILLEGAL. What part of the word do you not understand. Say it outloud and maybe it will help. “Oh” now i understand, they are here ILLEGIALLY.
They are breaking the law. Can you say “LAW”?

truth

May 16th, 2011
11:15 am

illegals immigrants do PAY for taxes. Their employers are required to take out federal taxes from their paycheck. Heck most of them are getting social security taken from their check and they will never see a dime of it back. oh and they do pay sales taxes.

This is just a Republican ploy to divert blame for their bad decision making.

Just Awful

May 16th, 2011
11:16 am

Border Patrol, if you were unemployed and looking for work, but could not find employment are you saying wouldn’t want unemployment benefits? I agree with you on the welfare part. But there are actually people receivgin unemployment benefits who are looking for work but cannot find it.

peter jeter

May 16th, 2011
11:16 am

Here’s the deal….either get “Legal” or get “Gone”!

Truth

May 16th, 2011
11:16 am

Why do have the term “Illegal Alien” and “Legal Alien”? We have no problem with Legal Aliens so why is everyone so upset about cracking down on “Illegal” Aliens?

Let's be honest

May 16th, 2011
11:16 am

Do REAL/LEGAL Americans realize strict immigration laws are in other countries? They don’t care about your feelings, it’s the law. If you don’t have the proper documents you’re outta there… PERIOD.

Rich Kid

May 16th, 2011
11:17 am

Hey E-lane, so i guess we should let everyone just come and go as they please and have an open boarder? If you want to live in a third world country there are quite a few that you can choose from. If you want to come to the US come here the right way and no one will have a problem with it! for all the illegals GTHO!!!!

a$$play

May 16th, 2011
11:17 am

Wow… Deport all illegals. See what happens when Apples in ellijay are rotting on trees cause we as lazy americans would rather sit on our @$$es in welfare. Same goes for the chicken plants andall the labor jobs we WONT take.

Wait till food goes up cause we are too lazy to pick crops. FIX the problem. If they are here and have no cartel ties let them stay for a price. No welfare, no schools or medicare UNLESS you pay taxes.

REMEMBER we are ALL immigrants… and I am a white guy from Pickens County BTW.

Ignatius J. Reilly

May 16th, 2011
11:17 am

I just listened to Carlos Santana’s music for the last time.

I know he became an American citizen in 1965, and his parents moved from Tijuana to San Francisco – the question I have is did they do so legally? If his family came here illegally then how was he able to become a citizen?

Stick to what you know – music. Leave GA law to GA citizens.

Lynn

May 16th, 2011
11:18 am

I do agree with what he said but it may not have been the right venue. No one on here except if you are Native American should say anything about we need to close our borders. Why? Because all of our families are either willfull immigrants or brought here through slavery. The people we elected are going to sit and spend millions of dollars fighting a lawsuit with the government because what the Governor signed into law will be blocked just like Arizona law. I am for reform but it needs to be fair all the way around. We give 200,000 visas per year to migrant workers from Mexico but only 100 to Jamaicans- that is just an example there is something wrong with this picture. Let’s be real you arent going to be able to send 11 million people back in this day and age unless you go door to door and that would be a waste of time and money.
There are 11 million undocumented people here in America give them a path to citizenship-
1. Learn to speak English
2. Pay a fine
3. Pay back taxes
If they arent able to pay the money – have them serve 4 years in the military.

truth

May 16th, 2011
11:18 am

Just Awful,

There is plenty of work out there. Some ppl are just lazy

William

May 16th, 2011
11:19 am

truth…..Open your eyes. They are begging every day. They beg that we don’t enforce our laws…they beg that we pay their health care when walk out on bills in the emergency room. they beg we don’t shoot them when they cross the border illegally. They beg we let them work and not pay taxes.

I am now begging……..enforce our laws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluz guy

May 16th, 2011
11:20 am

Guy hasn’t played an original note since 1971..he’s obviouly forgot what country he lives in and he’s not really an American saying bull like this.

truth

May 16th, 2011
11:20 am

William,

They do pay taxes.

Michael

May 16th, 2011
11:20 am

This is only the latest salvo against immigrants. This country has always had conflict and it always will. The ruling class uses these conflicts to continuously divide and conquer us. Go get some.

DamntheButcher

May 16th, 2011
11:21 am

I said it last night and I will say it again. Carlos Santana can kiss my legal ass and go straight to hell!!!!

Cobb Woman of Color

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

We are only asking that they follow the process in place and not force themselves to the front of the line.

truth

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

Mexico and other Latin American countries need a dictator or war so the US can grant them asylum like the cubans and Bosnians

JT

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

The problem is everyone seeing this as black and white, its not, at all. As a young adult working my way from college into a productive life I am saddened by the mess our parents and grandparents have left us, from rampant consumerism to partisan he said, she said bickering I pray everyday and cannot wait for the time when the current “adults” start to leave the decision making posts of our society and go play golf or tennis where they belong. There is not right and wrong and the world is not a TV show from your horribly misinformed youth where good battles evil. Perhaps when it comes to the baby boomers your brains are just so heavily fried and damaged from your drug fueled, disgusting, experimental, hippie years that you still lack the ability to form rational thoughts.

One one side, yes, they are here illegally and they are a strain on our financial system and resources, this should be stopped, and changed. If this occurs however there needs to be a HUGE overhaul of the legal immigration process in this country. It needs to be streamlined, easier to navigate and ultimately more open to a greater number of people. This needs to happen because if you honestly, HONESTLY, believe that the majority of out of work Americans would be willing to leave unemployment pay to wash dishes, work in a fast food restaurant, be a kitchen worker, pour hot asphalt in Georgia in August, mow your lawn, manicure your gold courses, or perform any other number of extremely labor intensive and low paying tasks than you are horribly out of touch with our society and the world as a whole. He is right in one regard, they come here looking for a better life and provide us with services to support our quality of life that we are not willing to provide ourselves.

Chuck

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

What less would you expect from a former heroin addict that called himself ‘Devadip’ all through the ’70s?

Carlos R.

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

My Hispanic parents immigrated to the US legally going through the required channels and eventually became US citizens. However I don’t understand why anyone for whatever reason should be allowed in the US illegally. Also, look at the results as with Miami and the boatloads that arrive daily from Cuba – is that what we want the US to end up? I am all for stopping illegal immigration – and even more so after 9/11!

Scott

May 16th, 2011
11:22 am

It is pretty stinkin’ simple…
Carlos, shut up and play the guitar!

dtanner

May 16th, 2011
11:23 am

carlos you are an old washed up bald headed has-been and us georgians don’t give a damn what you think

Dose of Reality

May 16th, 2011
11:23 am

@David@10:36: Right on Brother!!!!

Overall, We ARE ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS when you look at American History… Stop with the two-face mentality and understand that this country was built on immigrants ( illegal and slaves)…. if people are fortunate to get over the fences and get into this country, then it should be equal ground as long as they abide by the laws of the land. P.S. And for all those angry at Santana, there is something called ” Freedom of Speech”, as Americans’ we are granted this right, he was just expressing his opinion on the matter.

Really Now

May 16th, 2011
11:23 am

Why do people think American tax payers can afford to take care of every poor country on earth? I hate the stupid argument about someone being part of the human race. Why don’t they fix the problems in their own country before coming over here to tell us how to run ours. And please shut up about America being founded by illegal immigrants. This was not an established country then. It is now, so that point it mute. I never liked Santana anyway.

Gary

May 16th, 2011
11:23 am

To think this bill is strictly about work is ludicrous! Along with the ILLEGALS working, they get FREE education, FREE medical, FREE dental and FREE Government assistance on anything else. The rest of us have to PAY for education, PAY for medical, PAY for dental, PAY for any assistance on anything else. It’s not about just working, it’s about sucking a system dry financially with no regard, concern or consideration for PAYING your fare share!