MLBPA to stay out of immigration fight
The Major League Baseball Players Association will not ask
players to skip next week’s All-Star game in protest of Arizona’s
polarizing immigration law.
The MLBPA issued a statement opposing SB1070 last year when the
law was first signed and said it would consider additional measures
to protect the interests of its members if the law went into effect
as written. Several players also spoke out, saying they might skip
the All-Star game in protest.
A judge put on hold some of the strictest provisions of the law
last year, which has taken away some of the furor over the law.
MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner issued a statement on
Friday saying the organization has not asked players to refrain
from participating in any All-Star activities.
”Our nation continues to wrestle with serious issues regarding
immigration, prejudice and the protection of individual
liberties,” Weiner said. ”Those matters will not be resolved at
Chase Field, nor on any baseball diamond; instead they will be
addressed in Congress and in statehouses and in courts by those
charged to find the right balance among the competing and sincerely
held positions brought to the debate.”
SB1070 was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010. The
most polarizing section of the law required officers enforcing
other laws to question the immigration status of those they suspect
are in the country illegally. That portion of SB1070 was put on
hold by a federal judge just before the law went into effect.