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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:33 PM
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Major League Basbell Players Association issues statement condemning Arizona Law
I got it e-mailed to me, but its not been uploaded to the union's website.

For Immediate Release

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner Regarding Arizona Immigration Law


New York, NY, Friday, April 30, 2010 ... The following statement was issued today by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner regarding the immigration law recently passed by the state of Arizona.

The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States. 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.

The impact of the bill signed into law in Arizona last Friday is not limited to the players on one team. The international players on the Diamondbacks work and, with their families, reside in Arizona from April through September or October. In addition, during the season, hundreds of international players on opposing Major League teams travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. And, the spring training homes of half of the 30 Major League teams are now in Arizona. All of these players, as well as their families, could be adversely affected, even though their presence in the United States is legal. Each of them must be ready to prove, at any time, his identity and the legality of his being in Arizona to any state or local official with suspicion of his immigration status. This law also may affect players who are U.S. citizens but are suspected by law enforcement of being of foreign descent.

The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly.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.

My statement reflects the institutional position of the Union. It was arrived at after consultation with our members and after consideration of their various views on this controversial subject.


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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:36 PM
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1. Great. This will have more of an impact toward removing this law than
a boycott of Petsmart and Skymall.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:53 PM
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10. But that threat was calculated before this statement was made.
It's about the momentum.
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Bleacher Creature Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:42 PM
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2. The 2011 All-Star Game is the key.
It's an absolutely huge deal and if there's any way for the MLBPA to pressure the Commissioner to move it, that would speak volumes.
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:43 PM
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3. Tomorrow's Fox headline: "National Pasttime hates America." nt
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:46 PM
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4. LOL
I shouldn't laugh, you're probably right. :)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:51 PM
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9. "Mom, Apple Pie side with Baseball Against Arizona"
lol
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say_hello Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:49 PM
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5. Hmm...
I was wondering when it was coming. More to follow for sure.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:49 PM
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6. Kick
:kick:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:51 PM
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7. That's the way it's done!
:kick:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:51 PM
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8. Nice...be good to see the other major sports follow suit.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:08 PM
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11. Kick
:kick:
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:18 PM
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12. It's in USA Today (link inside)
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:40 PM
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13. Thanks
:kick:
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