When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is not happy about something, he tends to let everyone know about it. This week, the man known for his rants about baseball got political and criticized Arizona's harsh new immigration bill.
Arizona's new immigration law allows law enforcement agencies to question anyone who they feel could be an illegal immigrant. The law has public officials and citizens nationwide boycotting Arizona businesses and trips to the state. The sports world has also reacted. The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement denouncing the new law last week.
"We're pretty smart. We came all the way from Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and you have to cross the border and we did it," Guillen told the New York Daily News. "It's easy to (then) go from Arizona to Colorado or California. ... It's a tough thing they want to do (but) we're not leaving. We're not doing anything wrong here. We come here just to work."
Guillen is from Venezuela, and said America could not survive without the hard work of immigrants:
"Most (immigrants) are workaholics," Guillen said. "This country can't survive without (them). I'm sorry but a lot of people from this country are very lazy. We aren't. A lot of people from this country want to be on the computer and sending e-mail to people. We do the hard work. We're the ones who have to go out and work in the sun all day long."
While Guillen says he understands the need for immigration reform, he said there needs to be a path to citizenship, and fears the Arizona law will inspire other states to sign similar pieces of legislation.
"I think this problem should have been resolved a long time ago and not wait until now," he told the Daily News. "Help them get a visa or try to do something different to keep those guys here. The sooner you do that, there will be less illegal people here."
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