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Anti-Immigration in Arizona Law & Los Suns de Phoenix Take a Stance

Even the NBA got into the boycott spirit with the new anti-immigration law passed in Arizona on April 23rd. The Phoenix suns faced their match on May 5th during their playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs. That’s not all they were up against though. In lieu of the great Arizona anti-immigrant law heat, the Phoenix Suns rocked alternative jerseys to show their support and protest the new laws passed by Governor Jan Brewer.

Los Suns guard Steve Nash, described the new law as being “misguided” and went on to explain that the Suns would wear “Los Suns” jerseys during their Game 2 appearance against the Spurs. Nash went on to explain, “I think (the law) will encourage racial profiling and sets a very dangerous precedent.”
It’s not only Steve Nash whose speaking up from the Suns, Robert Sarver who is the managing partner had a lot to say about it as well.

“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law,” Sarver said in statement. “However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question, and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”

“Hopefully, it’s all going to get worked out and the federal government will step in and there’ll be a national solution. I realize that immigration is a problem and we have issues that need to be dealt with. I just don’t think this bill accomplishes that,” said the team executive. “I don’t think it’s the right way to handle the immigration problem.”

Suns coach Alvin Gentry chimed in with his two cents as well.

“We’ve worn these jerseys before. We’ve worn them 3 times. We’re 3-0 in these jerseys.”

“We’re wearing these jerseys just because it’s a…holiday. It’s Cinco De Mayo. We’re wearing them because of the diversity that we have in the state of Arizona and we’re wearing them because of the diversity in the NBA.
“There are more than 400 guys who come from more than 70 countries. That’s it.”

The outcome, Los suns took the lead in the serious and left Nash to saying:

“Our team is proud to wear those jerseys. We have a sense of pride in our Latino community…They give us diversity…It’s important sometimes to stand up for what we believe…”

“I’m proud of our owner for taking a stand.”

It is pretty great to see so many people and organizations standing behind their words with action.

Arizona Immigration Law- What’s the big deal?

May 7, 2010 2 comments

It’s been on the tip of every tongue and at the point of all writers pens.  The new Arizona immigration law that is.  Stars such as Ricky Martin, Seth MacFarlane, Shakira and Gloria Estafan have been publicly speaking against the new law.  So what’s the “hype” all about?  Well, a new immigration law was signed and passed on April 23rd by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with outstanding republican support.  This is now the toughest anti-immigration law in the country and is set to take effect on July 28th.  It requires police to demand proof of citizenship or legal residency, i.e. a drivers license or state ID to anyone that they suspect to be residing in the country illegally.  A couple of other key points of the law is that it makes the employment or transport of illegal immigrants anywhere illegal.  It also allows for those citizens who feel that the law isn’t being enforced appropriately, to sue their local government.  It would be interesting to see the point of view of an immigration lawyer.

According to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer the bill “represents what’s best for Arizona” When Governor Brewer was asked if she thinks she could identify an illegal immigrant she responded by saying “ I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like.  I can tell you that I think that there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.  I don’t know if they know that for a fact or not” A stance held by some republican supporters of the new bill is Arizona spends about $3 billion to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal immigrants.

Hmmm?  I think, sorta, kinda maybe if they are sure… but I’m not too sure?  My point is, it seems that this is a pretty dramatic law with heavy ramifications to be based on someone who thinks they know people who can assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.

Protestors of the new law fear that it will make people who appear to be foreigners targeted and victims of racial profiling.  President Obama said during a ceremony for new citizens, that the new law threatens to “undermine basic notions as fairness that we cherish as Americans”.


Further, the Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot stop an individual based solely on their Mexican appearance.  This brings into question the boundaries’ between the state and federal government.  Does Arizona even have the right to be tampering with immigration laws in this fashion?  If you area facing issues with immigration, it may be to your best advantage to seek out the advice of an immigration lawyer.
What do you think about the new law?  Is Arizona overstepping their boundaries?