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.