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Major League Players statement on Arizona's Gestapo like immigration law:

Original post made by Chet, Danville, on Apr 30, 2010

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 We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly.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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Posted by Hogwash
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Apr 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

If you are a legal resident of the United States, you have absolutely nothing to fear. Arizona is just enforcing the law of the land.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Do not blame Arizona. Blame our federal government that refuses to do anything to enforce the law. The liberal democrats just do not get it. You are either in our country legally, or you are not. You are not an "undocumented alien", you are an illegal alien. The federal government only really has a few mandated jobs, such as providing a military, keeping our highways in working order, and enforcing our borders. Instead of taking care of their required jobs, they waste billons of dollars on a federal department of education, that is not necessary as each state has their own department, and other wasteful departments. Mexico enforces their own borders, and have much more serious penalities for those who illegally enter Mexico, than the Arizona law. We should not be boycotting Arizona, we should be boycotting the federal government for refusing to do their job.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

Major League Baseball Players Union has zero credibility. For years, their union fought against drug testing, and their cheating tarnished the great game, and the great, clean records of prior players. Second, it is well known that many players from the Dominican Republic and other countries routinely use false birth certificates to make them younger, which increases the chance they get signed to lucrative contracts. Of course, they would oppose a law that would shed light on false birth certificates, and false immigration papers. If they are here legally, they have nothing to fear. Their union should spend more time cleaning up their own problems, instead of blaming Arizona for being forced to deal with issues our federal government failed to deal with.


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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Right Mike....the younger you are the more likely you will be signed? Come on "Coach" you know MLB is all about statistics for production, not chronology of birthdate. Are you indeed a Little League coach as you so proclaim?


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Posted by Hogwash
a resident of Walnut Creek
on May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, MLB players who are not U.S. citizens have been required to present birth certificates to get their visas. Dozens of Dominican ballplayers have been found to have false identities or birth dates.

1.) David Ortiz
2.) Miguel Tejada
3.) Alfonso Soriano
4.) Rafael Furcal
5.) Luiz Vizcaino
6.) Ramon Ortiz
7.) Juan Guzman
8.) Luis Polonia
9.) Manny Aybar
10.) Enriqie Wilson
11.) Bartolo Colon
12.) Deivi Cruz
13.) etc., etc., etc.

Athletes are motivated to reduce their age (falsify birth certificates) to increase their visibility amongst their "peers" with the scouts. However, contrary to this treend, a few Latinos have actually increased their age making them "eligibility" to sign their own contracts before turning 16 years old.

1.) Adrián Beltré
2.) Edgar Rentería
3.) Esteban Yan

One only needs to look at the MLS soccer world, Freddy Adu from Ghana who falsified his birth certificate prior to his arrival to the US, who was once thought as a 14 year old to be a legitimate soccer phenom, years later though he can barely hold on to a position with the lowliest of professional soccer clubs.


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