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Carlos Santana's Immigration Law Rant During Phillies-Braves Game

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During the Phillies-Braves game on Sunday, rock legend Carlos Santana was given the Beacon of Change Award prior to the 5th Annual Atlanta Braves Civil Rights Game.

When Carlos Santana took the podium to accept the award, that’s when things got really political and downright nasty.

Santana, lashed out about a new immigration bill that Governor Nathan Deal signed on Friday which mirros some of the immigration laws adopted by Arizona late last year. The law mandates that employers check the status of new hires for immigration status and it allows officers to check the status of some suspects.

Santana exclaimed, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

He went on to say , “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 am here to give voice to the invisible."

They say there is a time and a place for everything. And, it was ill-advised for Carlos Santana to exploit this stage for his political agenda. He was being honored by the Atlanta Braves for making a difference. And, rather than take the high road he decided to exploit the moment and insult Atlanta citizens.

It can be argued that Arizona and Georgia's immigration laws are extreme, but it’s insulting to Atlanta citizens to group them all together as right-wingers who are against immigrants.

Santana should be ashamed of himself for exploiting this ceremony for political purposes.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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