Arizona Diamondbacks play Chicago Cubs and spark protest over immigration law

The Chicago Cubs played the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Wrigley Field and the game drew a few dozen protesters upset over Arizona's new immigration law they fear  will result in racial profiling of Latinos.

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Photo by Jason Muelver of Jason Edward Photography

They are calling for a boycott of Arizona and upset the owner of the Diamondbacks has donated to Republicans.

"Although D-backs' Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick has donated to Republican political candidates in the past ... Kendrick personally opposes State Bill 1070," the team said in statement, according to the Associated Press. "The D-backs have never supported State Bill 1070 and have never taken political stances."

Diamondbacks Managing Partner Ken Kendrick opposes Arizona's new immigration law, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

There also are calls for Major League Baseball to pull the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix because of the law. And depending on how long this controversy lasts the Cubs and other teams will face pressure about spring training in Arizona.

You may wonder if it makes sense to mix sports and politics. Some people want to keep them as separate as church and state.

But can we really do that?

The politicians who passed this bill should have thought through the economic ramifications and the ripple effect it would have nationwide.  

The fact is baseball is part of the American culture and that now includes Latinos.

Around one-quarter of the baseball players in the major leagues are Latino, according to an article in USA Today. Many of them come from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

(By the way, Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the residents there are U.S. citizens.)

Just take a look at the Cubs roster for the list of Latino players.

A few examples, Carlos Zambrano, born in Venezuela. Alfonso Soriano born in the Dominican Republic. Geovany Soto born in Puerto Rico.

Imagine if one of them got pulled over by police in Arizona.

Maybe police would recognize their famous faces and not ask them for proof of U.S. citizenship or residency.

If they are dark-skinned or have an accent, they could be "reasonably suspicious," which is grounds to investigate someone's legal status under the new law.

To me that is not the American way.

Arizona really struck out with this law.


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  • Arizona may be striking out on this bill but you keep hitting home runs in this series.

  • No one is profiling illegal aliens, Teresa. Illegal aliens are illegal aliens. Pretty simple concept. All this Arizona law does is reinforce what is already established federal law that is NOT being enforced. PLEASE, show a littlel bit of intelligence in your racist reporting.

  • How I despise any form of racism. Especially, when it is blatantly expressed by those who practice it most. Shame on these morons @ Wrigley Field today. What burrito bunch of dipshit encheladas minus the salsa of sense.

  • Article from a different paper about a huge drug bust in Illinois. Amazing to see that only 1 out of the 27 people arrested was an American Citizen. The rest Illegal Aliens. Go Home

    Sting nabs 27 foreign-born gang members
    One U.S. citizen also arrested in investigation

    April 30, 2010

    A three-day federal operation targeting illegal immigrants with known gang affiliations led to the arrest of 28 men in the city and suburbs this week.

    A total of 28 arrests were made in the three-day operation which wrapped up Tuesday, targeting illegal immigrants with ties to violent street gangs, according to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Arrests were made in Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, West Chicago, Wheeling and Wood Dale.

    All but one of the men were foreign-born -- 25 from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from El Salvador, the release said. All were gang members or associates affiliated with the Latin Kings, Maniac Latin Disciples, Sureno 13s, Insane Deuces, Norteno 14s, Spanish Cobras, Latin Counts, Spanish Gangster Disciples, Latin Eagles and OMC Street Crew, the release said.

    The sole U.S. citizen, Carols Gonzalez, 18, of Elgin, was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant for drug possession, the release said.

    All but two of the 28 arrested had prior criminal histories, including arrests and convictions for robbery, aggravated battery with a weapon, aggregated battery resulting in bodily harm, aggregated battery on a government official, residential burglary, mob action and domestic battery, the release said.

    Abraham Monroy-Perez, a 27-year-old Mexican national living in Elgin, was among those arrested Sunday. Deported in 2005, he was charged in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday for illegally re-entering the country. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, the release said.

    Oscar Anicua, also a Mexican national, is a Latin Kings member with three outstanding warrants in DuPage and Kane counties, the release said. He will face deportation once local charges are completed.

    The other 25 men in custody are charged with administrative immigration violations and will face deportation, the release said.

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