Opposition to Arizona's immigration law is springing up from all quarters, including an unlikely duo of Shakira and Florida's former Republican governor Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. And the players of America's national pastime, baseball, have added their opposition to the law that makes it a crime to be in the state of Arizona.
Already there have been calls – including on these pages by Dave Zirin – for spectators to boycott baseball games involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, in part because one of the team's owners, managing general partner Ken Kendrick, is a major donor to the local Republican party. And politicians outside Arizona have asked for Major League Baseball, the US pro sport's governing body, to shift the site of the 2011 All Star game from Phoenix.
Now the organisation that represents professional baseball players, the Major League Baseball Players Association, has consulted its members and made public its opposition to the law because of the "negative impact" it could have on international and home-grown baseballers.
The association points out that "hundreds of international players" and their families move through the state during spring training or to play against the Diamondbacks, and that they could be targeted by the law.
In the 2008 season, 27% of MLB players were Hispanic. In addition, the league now includes foreign players from all over the world, including Japan, Korea and Taiwan as well as Latin America – so that 28% of current MLB players were born outside the US.
The Arizona Diamondbacks management has sought to defuse the controversy, declaring: "[Ken] Kendrick personally opposes State Bill 1070," the law in question. The team also said: "The D-backs have never supported State Bill 1070 and have never taken political stances." link to complete Guardian article