MLB Players' Union Opposes Arizona Immigration Law SB1070
MLB Players Association Balk At Arizona Immigration Law
Protestors Urge Moving 2011 All-Star Game Out Of Arizona, Jose Guillen Speaks Out Against Immigration Law
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The Major League Players Association is worried that the new Arizona Immigration Law could target their foreign born and Latino players, and their families. A quarter of all Major League Baseball (MLB) players are born outside of the United States.
Michael Weiner, the executive director of the MLBPA issued a statement on Friday.
These international players are very much a part of our national pastime and are important members of our Association. Their contributions to our sport have been invaluable, and their exploits have been witnessed, enjoyed and applauded by millions of Americans. All of them, as well as the Clubs for whom they play, have gone to great lengths to ensure full compliance with federal immigration law. ...
This Players' issue could be could far more problematic than the existing campaign to move the 2011 MLB All-start game from Phoenix. At the time of this post the the petition has received about 2,000 signatures online.
The Phoenix area is a beehive of baseball activity during spring training filled with new players, many recent immigrants from Latin American countries and that has the Major League Baseball Players Association worried
We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members."
Veteran outfielder and designated hitter Jose Guillen says he alarmed about the Arizona immigration bill and its impact on baseball players.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in the United States, and Arizona is part of the United States,” Kansas City Royals designated hitter Jose Guillen(notes) said. “I hope police aren’t going to stop every dark-skinned person. It’s kind of like, wow, what’s going on.
“I was 17, 18. I’d forget things. Kids do.”
Guillen arrived in the United States at 17. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed him for $2,000 and sent him to their rookie-league affiliate in Florida. He grew up poor in the Dominican Republic. He didn’t know English. A law as murky as SB 1070 would’ve made no sense to him, and Guillen worries about this summer’s crop of rookie league players being targeted.