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Monday, May 16, 2011

Paul Luna blasts new immigration law

Paul Luna and friends
  • Paul Luna and friends
The following commentary is from Paul Luna, chef-owner of Lunacy Black Market. Luna also posted this on his own blog with the title: "HB 87: Gov. Deal Signs Bill Satisfying Good Ol' Boys, Alienating Hardworking Americans & Immigrants."

By Paul Luna

In my early 20s, I was praised as a rising star chef by Atlanta Magazine for my culinary talents. What most people don't know was that it was hard-earned praise. People always ask me how I learned my craft. It's simple, I worked for a French chef (for free), so I could learn how to cook and run my own business. That's when I learned that being a chef isn't just about cooking. It's about scrubbing pots and pans, mopping floors and doing everything that Gov. Deal and other lawmakers wouldn't be willing to do.

I am insulted that legislators and Gov. Deal would deny immigrants the opportunity to live out their "unalienable rights" to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are hard-earned and shouldn't be denied to those who work hard to create the thriving economic centers we would like to see in our State of Georgia—or anywhere else in the country.

Now that Gov. Deal has signed HB 87, I am looking forward to watching native white, white-collar, Southerners pick apples, Vidalia onions and peaches this summer. I want to see them in restaurants and hotels washing pots and pans, scrubbing toilets and mopping floors. I can't wait to watch them manicure lawns at the Governor's mansion, and at the Governor's home.

Any state lawmaker that cannot see the value of human beings — not immigrants but people — who sacrifice their life for an opportunity to live the American dream should not be allowed to be a public servant.

At times I wonder if our consciousness is not deceived by our stupidity to recognize that we as a whole are the creation of one being. The only difference that we share is that we think differently. That does not mean we are different. We are black, white, straight, gay, lesbian, jew, Asian, Catholic, muslim, etc.

It is a shame that the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" and John Lennon's song, "Imagine," are all but dead in our consciousness.

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