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- Posted on May 16th 2011 7:07PM by Benjy Eisen
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Santana was speaking out about a new immigration bill that Gov. Nathan Deal signed on Friday which mirrors some of the stricter immigration regulations adopted by Arizona last year. "It's a cruel law, actually," he said. "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."
The 63-year-old Santana, who was part of San Francisco's 'Peace and Love' movement in the '60s and a performer at Woodstock, is a Mexican native. He attained his U.S. citizenship in 1965 before finding the American dream as a Grammy Award winning rock star. "This is the United States," Santana said during an unplanned post-game press conference, as reported by the Associated Press. "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."
Ironically, this year's Civil Rights Game was between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves -- the latter of which have drawn constant protest from various Native American Indian groups for years over what they deem is an offensive name and logo, with racist connotations. The Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop' fan chant draws equal criticism.
For those just concerned about the game, the Braves beat the top-rated Phillies 3-2, fair and square.