"We're pretty smart. We came all the way from Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and you have to cross the border and we did it," he said. "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, a Venezuelan, was pleased the players' union had issued a statement critical of the law. He said understood why it was written but that he was "disappointed" it passed because it sets the table for more states to pass similar legislation. "Once they have this in one state, every state will come out with the same stuff and that's going to be hard," he said. "And (immigrants) — I don't care what law you do – they're not going to leave. They came to make money, they came to work and they came to make this country better.
"I think this problem should have been resolved a long time ago and not wait until now. ... 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."
Guillen was quick to point out that immigrants settled the country and that he believes the work ethic of those coming into the country today should be admired.
"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.