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May 5th, 2010
Baseball and Politics

Next year, MLB is planning on holding its annual All-Star Game in Phoenix and pro-illegal alien activists are urging them to move the game. This movement was started by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), who, in a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, said, "This anti-immigrant law is unjust, wrongheaded, mean-spirited and unconstitutional.... It is important that everyone who believes in justice and our national spirit of decency speak out against this measure.... MLB has a very loud megaphone, and their rejection of Arizona's action would be an important demonstration to Arizona that we do not tolerate such displays of intolerance in our nation." Clearly, Rep. Serrano is not familiar with the law and is simply trying to help illegal aliens.

Sadly, the calls for a boycott do not end there. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, has made it clear that his organization opposes Arizona's bill because of the "international players" who live in Arizona and travel through Arizona. He neglected to mention that MLB's international players are not affected by the law because they are here legally.

What you can do:

1) Please call Major League Baseball at (212) 931-7800 and urge them to ignore the calls for a boycott. Talking Points are below.

2) Please call the Major League Baseball Players Association at (212) 826-0808 and ask them to ignore calls to join the boycott. Be sure to remind them that MLB's international players are not affected by Arizona's law because they are in this country legally. Additional talking points are below.

3) Please call your favorite and/or local MLB teams and urge them to oppose the calls for a boycott. You may click here to see a list of all teams and their phone numbers. Additional talking points are below.

Suggested talking points:
Most media reports suggest that almost everyone involved in Major League Baseball believe the Arizona law is racist. This is far from the truth. Indeed, former Puerto Rican MLB great and current Cleveland coach Sandy Alomar has said, "Certainly I am against profiling any race and having stereotypes, but at the same time my feeling is what does baseball have to do with politics? Let the politicians stay in politics and the baseball players play baseball." I agree with his question: what does baseball have to do with politics? The answer is nothing!

Arizona's immigration enforcement law is not racist because it does not target a specific race; it only targets those who have already broken the law by coming to and residing in the United States illegally. This is clearly not something Major League Baseball needs to get involved in.

Arizona's new immigration enforcement law is not racist and will help put unemployed Americans back to work -- principally Black and Hispanic Americans because these Americans have the highest unemployment rates and compete against illegal aliens for jobs.

Please do not believe the lies being spread about Arizona's immigration enforcement law. Anti-American worker, pro-illegal alien activists are using race-baiting scare tactics to bully people into avoiding Arizona. Please do not join that list and do not support moving the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix

More than two-thirds of the American people support the Arizona immigration enforcement law and most of these Americans are fans of Major League Baseball. If the 2011 All-Star game is moved away from Phoenix, it would set a dangerous precedent. Sport is supposed to rise above petty partisan politics. Please don't give in to the small group of vocal, lying pro-illegal alien, anti-American worker activists!

If Major League Baseball decides to boycott Arizona, I and millions more Americans will boycott Major League Baseball. We want nothing to do with an organization that would work to subvert the rule of law and and the wishes of the American people.



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