Today Major League Baseball will celebrate its best and brightest with its annual All-Star game out in California. Some of baseball’s best players are Hispanic; in fact almost 30% of the league is made up of Hispanic athletes. So when Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer announced the new immigration law in Arizona one could imagine that there would be fall out from some MLB players.
Soon after some MLB players were asked if they agreed with the new law and if baseball should move their game out of the state. There were calls for an economic boycott of Arizona and the city of Los Angeles even joined in with the throngs of people to impose an embargo on the state.
Yesterday a few Hispanic ball players were asked if they would truly boycott the game when it heads to Arizona next year.
“If the game is in Arizona, I will totally Boycott,” said Yovani Gallardo, a Hispanic player with the Milwaukee Brewers. Gallardo isn’t the only one, Kansas City pitcher Joakim Soria, Detroit pitcher Jose Valverde, and Toronto Blue Jay’s fielder Jose Bautista all stated that they would support a boycott of the game if it is not moved to another location.
But baseball commissioner Bud Selig has been steadfast in his belief that the 2011 All-Star game is fine where it is and he will not move it out of state. However that is not the tone of baseball players’ union. According to the Huffington Post, the players’ union has already come out against the law and is prepared to take additional steps if the law is not modified or repealed.
Earlier this year the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association wore their “Los Suns” jerseys to show that they were against the new law and to show support for their Latina supporters.
Last week the Justice Department filed suit against the state of Arizona stating that the federal government has authority on immigration law, not states. President Obama called the law “misguided” and Attorney General Eric Holder agreed with him.
Governor Jan Brewer has stated that she will continue to push the law and even went so far to tell the President to, quote, “do his job.”
Earlier this week a Gallup poll was released showing that the majority of American’s polled were in favor of the law. However the President and the Justice Department have no plans of withdrawing the suit.
Within the state of Florida Republican candidate for Governor Rick Scott is strongly in support of Arizona’s law and if elected governor of the state, Scott has stated that will attempt to draft a similar law. His opponent, current state Attorney General Bill McCollum, has flip flopped in his support of the legislation. At first he was against the law coming to Florida but after Scott received strong support for his actions, McCollum is now in favor of the immigration law.
Arizona’s new law is due to take effect on the 29th of July, which is just a little over two weeks. The law states that if an individual is arrested or detained for breaking the law and the arresting officer has suspicion that the individual may be an illegal immigrant, he or she has the right to ask for identification that verifies that person’s citizenship.
Many civil rights groups have stated that the law will give police officers in the state the right to racially profile since there is just one group of individuals being targeted, illegal immigrants.
A ruling on the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona should come soon.