November 24, 2020

All Star Game and the Arizona Immigration Law

“Tonight’s MLB All-Star game is bringing Arizona’s Immigration law to the forefront once again.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson feels that baseball’s All-Stars should speak out against the law, known as SB 1070. Passed last year by Governor Jan Brewer, the law requires all immigrants to obtain or carry some kind of registration, and police have the right to stop and question a person if they think that they may be in illegal immigrant.

In a telephone interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Jackson said “”It’s obviously too late for them to withdraw from the scene. I think they should play, and they should speak out, which would be of value.”"

While most players were reluctant to speak about the law, Boston’s David Ortiz had a comment.

“”I’m an immigrant. I definitely would never agree with any treating of immigrants bad – the wrong way,”" said Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic.

The comment from New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran was more typical of the responses.

“”It’s something that doesn’t have to anything with sport. It’s something that affects a certain part of the population,”" he said.

Back in May, at baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game, Grammy-award winner Carlos Santana was quite vocal with his thoughts, saying “”The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”"

Somos America, a pro-immigrant group, is staging a protest outside Chase Field, with 75 members passing out white ribbons. The group’s President, Roberto Reveles, says that the white ribbons are meant to symbolize peace and unity.

“”This is an all-American sport that’s being celebrated and Latinos are playing very key roles in the sport,”" he said.

The leader of the Phoenix-based group said that the many people who are coming to the game from out of state should be aware of the attitude in Arizona.

“”We want them to know that there is more than a very extremist anti-immigrant attitude in Arizona. There are many of us dedicated to working together to build a better Arizona,”" he said.

When SB 1070 passed, activists called for the All-Star game to be moved from Arizona. After Commissioner Bud Selig refused, critics suggested that players boycott the game. While several players initially spoke out and indicated that they might not play, the protests have since quieted down, and there is no indication that any players or coaches will boycott tonight’s game.”

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CBS News

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