MENÉNDEZ EXHORTA A LA ASOCIACIÓN DE JUGADORES DE PELOTA DE GRANDES LIGAS A BOICOTTEAR LOS JUEGOS DE ESTRELLA DEL 2011 EN ARIZONA

MENÉNDEZ EXHORTA A LA ASOCIACIÓN DE JUGADORES DE PELOTA DE GRANDES LIGAS A BOICOTTEAR LOS JUEGOS DE ESTRELLA DEL 2011 EN ARIZONA

Único latino en el Senado, quien se opone a la nueva ley de inmigración de Arizona, señala el gran número de jugadores latinos y/o nacidos en el extranjero

WASHINGTON - Hoy, el senador federal estadounidense Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), único latino en el Senado actualmente, exhortó a los jugadores de grandes ligas de pelota a boicotear los juegos de estrella en Arizona a llevarse a cabo en el 2011 con motivo de la nueva ley migratoria adoptada en Arizona. En una carta enviada a Michael Weiner, Director Ejecutivo de la Asociación de Jugadores de Pelota de Grandes Ligas, Menéndez señaló que más de uno de cada cuatro jugadores de las grandes ligas es de ascendencia hispana, e igualmente, más de uno de cada cuatro nació en extranjero.

La nueva ley de Arizona, SB1070, requeriría al cumplimiento de la ley preguntar a cualquier persona de quien se sospecha que está en el país ilegalmente por su status migratorio - incluyendo pedir documentos que comprueben su ciudadanía o residencia legal en el país. En esta carta, Menéndez aplaudió al sindicato por su expresiones en contra de la ley.

PDF de la carta enviada a Weiner, Director Ejecutivo de la Asociación de Jugadores de Grandes: http://menendez.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/20100510ltr_BaseballAZ.pdf

Text of letter:

May 10, 2010


Mr. Michael Weiner
Executive Director
Major League Baseball Players Association
12 East 49th Street
24th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Dear Mr. Weiner:

I first want to thank you for taking a public stand and expressing your opposition to Arizona law SB1070. I would also respectfully ask that you and your players consider boycotting the 2011 All Star Game until SB1070 is repealed or the game is moved to an another location. The Arizona law is offensive to Hispanics and all Americans because it codifies racial profiling into law by requiring police to question anyone who appears to be in the country illegally.

As you and I both know, Major League Baseball (MLB) is truly a multicultural, international sport. In fact, Latinos represent 27 percent of all MLB players and 28 percent of MLB players are foreign born. These players come to the United States legally and should not be subjected to the humiliation and harassment that SB1070 would inflict. Imagine if your players and their families were subjected to interrogation by law enforcement, simply because they look a certain way. Imagine if MLB fans - many of whom are Hispanic - were subjected to that same type of interrogation if they were to attend the All Star Game. That would truly be an embarrassment and an injustice, not only to MLB, but to the values and ideals we hold as Americans.

In every century and generation, immigrants have contributed to the progress, prosperity and vitality of this nation. This law undermines that shared history by promoting discrimination against one group of people. As someone who has and continues to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, I believe the Arizona law is a call to action for reform of our nation's broken immigration system. However, while I understand the frustration about the failures of our current system, states should not be permitted to enact their own discriminatory immigration laws while the federal government works to reform our laws. The Arizona law is an embarrassment to our country and a call to action to our communities to stand up against injustice.

For these reasons, I ask that you consider boycotting the All Star Game in Arizona until SB1070 is repealed or the League decides to move the game to an alternate location. Thank you for your attention to this important issue. It is my hope that we can work together now and in the future.

Sincerely,

ROBERT MENÉNDEZ
United State Senator

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