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Celebrities call for immigration reform

May 24, 2011

Rock guitarist Carlos Santana spoke out after a recent live performance against a change to immigration law in the state of Georgia. After performing at the Turner Field sports stadium in Atlanta, Santana spoke out against a recently passed Georgia law that he says is discriminatory and cruel. Talking to reporters at the Phillies-Braves game, Santana said, “I am here to give voice to the invisible. 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?”
Santana joins a host of celebrities who have campaigned for illegal immigrants to be given the right to become legal citizens under certain circumstances. Many well-known names such as George Lopez, Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Estefan have all waded into the debate on immigration reform, calling for
greater rights and fairness for illegal immigrants.

Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a group that campaigns for immigrant-friendly policies, told Fox News, “A small but growing number of Latino and other performers are speaking up, even if what they say antagonizes some of their fans. To have Carlos Santana say what he said in Atlanta, that’s pretty brave. It’s really a welcome sign.”