July 1st, 2010
06:47 PM ET
8 years ago

Groups urge MLB to pull 2011 All-Star game from AZ

A campaign to pull the 2011 All-Star game from Arizona was launched by groups such as the National Council of La Raza.

A campaign to pull the 2011 All-Star game from Arizona was launched by groups such as the National Council of La Raza.

Washington (CNN) - On the day of President Obama's immigration reform speech, several advocacy groups launched a campaign urging Major League Baseball move next summer's All-Star Game from Phoenix.

The 2011 All-Star Game is currently scheduled to take place in Arizona, a state that signed its controversial immigration bill into law this past April. Arizona's immigration law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason suspect they're in the United States illegally. The law also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

The campaign, directed at MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, was launched as a joint effort by some civil rights groups such as the National Council of La Raza, Asian American Justice Center, Center for Community Change, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.

As part of the campaign, a petition has been posted on the website urging those who oppose the law to send a letter not only to Selig but to their favorite baseball team's general manager.

This campaign is urging its supporters to "uphold our nation's diversity," and encourages its supporters to call Selig by posting the MLB's phone number on their site.

The web site said baseball is a game "that transcends all barriers and brings America together, reminding us of what makes us unique: our diversity." The site also said America's favorite pastime "is in danger of losing its reputation," if the game is held in Arizona.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    "uphold our nation's diversity," ????
    Nothing Arizona has done threatens our nation's diversity unless by diversity you mean residents who are here according to proper channels and those who are here because they snuck across the border. That's all the law is about.

    July 1, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Stop the hate. Whatever happened to just having the government sue employers for not doing background checks or enforcing the existing laws? Why do the legal Americans have to be interrogated about their papers and make us live in a Republican Police State? Everyone agrees we need to secure the borders but nobody wants to live in a Police State where our right to privacy and to be free from harassment disappears.

    July 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Baseball without Al Sharpton

    Here's an idea for a protest:

    How about baseball teams start allowing anyone into the games without checking tickets? This is the functional equivalent of not checking ID's of people unlikely to be legal in the US.

    Baseball owners will complain that that will result in lost revenue for the team and likely safety hazards. This is the problem that border states face everyday.

    Why don't the protesters start petitioning teams to just allow everyone in, it would make a much stronger case.

    I'm happy to show my ID when pulled over if it means not having to pay for schooling, health care and all other benefits illegals take from us. It's not anti-Latino, it's pro-American.

    July 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

    Never been to an All-star game before, but will do so this time just to spite the whacked out loony libs in the ACLU...

    July 1, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Karen

    If they don't have the All Star game in Phoenix, then we are just giving in to the illegals. I just don't know what part of ilLEGAL people don't get. They break the law the minute they cross the border.

    July 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. terry,va

    If Selig moves the all star game from Arizona I will never ever go to another major league game. This issue is total crap and can be resolved by dummie Obuumie securing the border. We will not be held hostage by another Obummie plan to get more votes from lawless people and deadbeats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. billie daman

    These people sure are desperate when they say we are in danger of losing our favorite pastime.They must watch it on TV along with cock fights and dog fights and standing in line waiting for assistance. La Raza and the rest of their ilk must be concerned about their space. Now we have to dealwith asian american Justice Center. Center for Community Change. league of United latin American Citisens and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. Baseball lovers one and all.

    I'll bet you can see this all on TV when you go home! And then you can feel proud that you saved baseball.....
    What a crock

    July 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. sk

    i think az should also get the superbowl as a reward for doing something about the illegals!!

    July 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. bfranklin

    What part of "illegal" is so hard to understand. America opens it borders to millions of people every year that enter the country legally. Speak to any of these "real" immigrants and they speak of the pride they have at becoming an American. How can you have pride in this country if you got here illegally? Follow the legal process and we welcome you.

    July 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Albo58

    If MLB listens to these pathetic, crime-abetting groups, then I'm through with MLB! Illegal immigration is NOT a social issue, it is a crime enforcement (or lack thereof) issue!

    July 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    I support the AZ law 100% and give kudos to the Governor for having the courage to support it!

    Would that the political morons running my State [Wisconsin] into the ground with the over-abundance of Illegal Aliens had a third of her courage and patriotism...

    I guess America is well on its way to becoming part of South America; soon, thanks to the misguided President Oblahma, that indeed will be the case.

    Just for full disclosure here: I voted for and support President Oblahma on everything, with the exception of the War(s) and immigration.


    And, AZ leads the way on that!

    July 1, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Good! Hope they pull it from AZ.

    July 1, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Jon In Madison

    How is this un-American? How does this put America's pastime in danger. All AMerican citizens and documented immigrants are welcome in AZ.

    July 1, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Gil

    I can only hope the boycott grows and grows. Now when the Rep. who inroduced this discriminatory law in Arizona wants to strip children of their legal rights under the 14th Amendment to citizenship, it is time to boycott and pull the plug on anything and everything from Arizona

    July 1, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Count me in as one who would love to see baseball "take a stand". If they don't boycott , then every player (including the white ones) should take their papers downtown to the police station all at once....about the time the game should begin.

    July 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Fred in VA

    I don't think that is a good idea. So many people totally miss the point with the law in AZ. The current FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES foreigners to have their legal papers on their person AT ALL TIMES. WHAT GOOD is that LAW unless a few people are CHECKED for this from time to time? NO ONE WILL EXPLAIN THIS PLAINLY.

    July 1, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Ben

    Republicans want government to be smaller so business can set up their own mililtas. Arizona has it own milita with this SB1070 law.
    " a weak government is a third world country"

    July 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Terry

    If major league baseball pulls out of Arizona for the All-Star Game, I will not renew season tickets, and I will organize for a total boycott of baseball. Major League Baseball better look at the season ticket holder list at each ballpark. Where are the illegal aliens on the purchase roster?

    July 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Red by Choice

    MLB, if you pull the all-star game from AZ I will never watch another game on tv, never go to another park and never buy another licensed product. I am a long-time fan of the Cleveland Indians that weathered the MLB strike and stayed faithful. However, MLB has no business getting into politics. AZ is right. The president should secure our borders and do itsjob.

    July 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Mike Betz

    What is unsustainable is not the tea party movement. It is our ever increasing national debt. I stand in the gap for my children and grandchildren and not burdening them with giving up 50 to 60% of their income because of poor decisions that some bureaucrat in Washington made. Let's get back to a balanced budget and living within our means for the sake of our future.

    July 1, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Sixoh

    Arizona is right. EVERYONE who disagrees is wrong. There is no arguement to this. None.

    These fools who want to "Boycott Arizona" need to be ashamed of themselves. They are a laughingstock of the country. Including my idiot mayor – Michael B. Coleman.

    July 1, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Capt. Snarky

    I proudly support AZ in their stand on illegal immigration. They are doing the right thing for their state, and ultimately, America.

    Go AZ!

    July 1, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Jim Smith

    I will boycott MLB if they do change from AZ.

    July 1, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. mike l.

    on jan brewer, good for you. tell mr president what others don't have the balls to do. secure our borders before it's too late if it isn't already.there has to be something done to deter these illegals from coming and draining our country. this law i feel, must be past thru out the u.s. states. these people come here not only to live off tax payers but to destroy our country with their ways of living in their country. they don't care how their homes look like, they don't care how they drive. they show no respect whatsoever for any one else. they leave their garbage and trash thru out the streets, abuse all our laws and do not care about anyone else but themselves if even that at all.

    July 1, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Slider

    " National Council of La Raza, Asian American Justice Center, Center for Community Change, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition"

    Yup. The usual suspects.

    But, you forgot a couple...M. E. Ch. A., and Chicanos por la Causa.

    Visit their websites. Go ahead. Educate yourselves.

    Learn what Arizona is fighting against, and what Obama is for by association with them to push his destructive policies.

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a lie. It's a lie because these groups have no desire to assimilate. They are all a part of the Aztlan movement.

    That's certainly more important than a baseball game, now isn't it?

    July 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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