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Adrian Gonzalez speaks out against Arizona immigration law

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Sweet-swinging Adrian Gonzalez, the San Diego Padres first baseman, spoke out about the controversial Arizona law targeting illegal immigration.

He told Fanhouse that, if selected to next summer's All-Star Game in Phoenix, he'll boycott as a protest. He also said he'd like to see Major League Baseball move Spring Training out of the state if the law is still in effect when play begins next year.

"I'll support the Players Association 100 percent," said Gonzalez, who grew up in both Tijuana and a suburb south of San Diego. "If they leave it up to the players and the law is still there, I'll probably not play in the All-Star Game. Because it's a discriminating law.
Gonzalez joins a growing faction of players and coaches who have spoken out against the law, including White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. On Thursday, a protest decrying the practice was held outside Wrigley Field as the Diamondbacks arrived for their four-game series against the Cubs.

Since any debate over race deteriorates from thoughtful discussion to name-calling within three comments, let's focus on Gonzalez here. Do you admire him for standing up for his principles or should he keep his mouth shut and play baseball? And what of the notion that a sporting event is becoming one of the focal points of a political battle? Does that sit OK with you or would you like to see a clear line drawn between the two arenas? 

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I am standing against such a racist law. I am Hispanic and this law offends me as individual. This law if it takes place goes against what United States stands for. We are not going to tolerated; united we will stop such as fascist law. Bill SB 1070 remind my of what the Jews suffered during the Nazi era: neighbors against neighbors, friends against friends and family against family, and humans against humans. Because, that what this bill will do is turn criminals to anybody who assist a immigrant who turn out to be undocumented. Transporting or assisting a undocumented individual if a citizen is aware of the legal status and if ordinary citizens do not turn it those individuals to ICE. They will be charge in a criminal act meaning that we must ask our neighbors for a rite to the market, post office on in case of emergency to the hospital for his/her legal status. I respect if people is against legal or not legal immigration, but his law it will play racial profile.

I am standing against such a racist law. I am Hispanic and this law offends me as individual. This law if it takes place goes against what United States stands for. We are not going to tolerated; united we will stop such as fascist law. Bill SB 1070 remind my of what the Jews suffered during the Nazi era: neighbors against neighbors, friends against friends and family against family, and humans against humans. Because, that what this bill will do is turn criminals to anybody who assist a immigrant who turn out to be undocumented. Transporting or assisting a undocumented individual if a citizen is aware of the legal status and if ordinary citizens do not turn it those individuals to ICE. They will be charge in a criminal act meaning that we must ask our neighbors for a rite to the market, post office on in case of emergency to the hospital for his/her legal status. I respect if people is against legal or not legal immigration, but his law it will play racial profile.

While i respect anyone for preserving their heritage,
My question is: Why aren't the legals who call themselves Americans, turning in the illegals..especially the criminal element.
Mexican and Cuban people that i have spoken to have said that if things changed they would move back... So do they really want to be here ?
This country revolted for rights, why don't they picket in their own country or start their own revolution.
These people came to my house ,and now i have to speak their language..if you enter the front door ,i will feed you . if you sneak in the back door i should shoot you.

you have balls m n!

All Arizona is doing is what the Federal Government refuses to do, Protect the people and boarders of this nation. If the people want to change the law then have congress act. Until that time, enforce the laws of the land. Please remember the kkey word is Illegal.

The Arizona law has no similarities to the Nazi era or what Jews went through in Nazi Germany. Those Jews were citizens who had lived in Germany for centuries. They were deprived of their rights as German citizens. In fact, when a boat full of those Jews jumped on a boat and headed for the US, the US turned them away! Go figure.

The Arizona law merely delineates between a citizen and an illegal immigrant. Ironically, being here illegally is not a crime. The punishment is not jail, just deportation. But we don't have to tolerate those who perpetuate the depletion of our resources and tax dollars by helping these people.

The law is not racist. It's patriotic.

Adrian Gonzalez should learn the law and understand what's he's talking about before he speaks. Luis Gutierrez would be well served to do the same. At least AG has a discernable talent.

illegal is illegal... we all know that. but kicking people out of this country should be illegal no matter what. EVERYONE here is a f***** immigrant. there were no black, no whites, no mexicans. there were only NATIVE americans, who we all by the way killed off and confined to "reservations". shut yall's pie holes, just imagine when YOUR immigrant ancestors came here and were welcomed with peace and food. ALL people deserve the right to migrate to a better place. When the world starts to melt lets see if the northern most cooler countries' continents will want yall's ass. what goes around comes around Bit****....

All the Arizona law does is mirror existing federal law.It has been illegal for foreigners to be in this country without the proper documentation for many years.The Arizona law does not target any specific group of people.It targets illegal aliens from all nations.For Yolanda to compare the act of checking to see if someone has a visa or not to the Holocaust shows a shocking level of utter stupidity and ignorance and is a terrible insult to Jewish folks.

Arizona's law, made it illegal to be illegal. The must all be crazy, racist fools. It required police to follow up on whether or not immigration law has been broken.
Police investigating if a law has been broken, should be a standard procedure.
In my opinion we should boycott Adrian Gonzalez, for intentionally support criminals.

Not sure who to credit this to, but it sums up Arizona.."Whenever you ask someone for their papers, Hitler's relatives get royalties".
Arizona a fumingly racist state. (See MLK day) This law does nothing to secure the borders, it burdens overworked police as immigration officials as well. Maybe Arizona should work on their Meth problem. Way bigger problem than illegals.

Gonzales needs to shut-up and play baseball. The Arizona law mirrors the Federal law that has been in place for 70+ years. Why hasn't he been whining about and protesting that law?
People are deported every single day from every state in this country. Since when has it suddenly become "racist" to deport Hispanics from Arizona? Why isn't Gonzalez protesting the deportation of illegal alien Asians from New Jersey.....shouldn't that be "racist" too?
If Gonzalez needs a cause to protest, let it be the slaughtering of his native Tijuana citizens by the Mexican drug lords. He can start by offering up some of that big coin he makes ($4.8 million/year) towards getting those people in jail, instead of murdering people.

The attraction of the illegal immigrants to employers is not only for their low wages but also for the quality of their work. Most small manufacturers cannot afford to pay more then the minimum wage. The locals that are willing to work are usually lazy or slow minded. The illegal immigrant is a savior, he accepts only 10 dollars an hour but is worth 30. The employer is limited to a cash only payroll, but his profits are large enough to give Uncle Sam his cut. The shortage in employable workers must be ended. Opening up the border would not only bring in a large workforce of quality workers, but also create more tax payers.

I READ A COMMENT THAT A 14 YEAR OLD MEXICAN GIRL HAD WRITTEN SAYING: ITS ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE ENFORCING THIS LAW.ITS NOT ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE SO YOU GOT IT TWISTED ITS AFRICAN AMERICANS TO,WE ARE SO SICK AND TIRED OF YOU PEOPLE.AMERICA IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT COUNTRY DESPITE ITS INNER PROBLEMS,BUT WE DONT NEED YOUR PEOPLE MAKING IT HARDER AS THEY ALREADY DONE...DONT BE MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENFORCING THIS LAW,AND BY THE WAY TO FYI ("YOU THIS IS NOT A NEW LAW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SHOW THEIR PAPERS AND PROPER ID IN AMERICA IT JUST HASNT BEEN ENFORCED") SO ALL YOU PEOPLE CALLING IT A NEW LAW OPEN UP THE LAW BOOK OF AMERICA AND YOU'LL SEE IT RIGHT THERE.I GUESS THAT PUT AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY 61% OF AMERICANS ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING...

DONT GET MAD AT AMERICA GET MAD AT YOUR PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE AND SMUGGLED DRUGS,KILLED,KIDNAPPED,INVADED OUR JOB MARKET,OUR SCHOOLS,OUR HEALTH CARE,OUR PROGRAMS,OUR ECONOMY,AND THE LIST GOES ON.GET MAD AT THEM.AMERICA GAVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO GET REGISTERED BUT THEY DIDNT BECAUSE NOT PAYING TAXES WAS GOOD LIVING WHILE EVERY AMERICAN HAD TO PAY FOR THEM WITH TAXES...YOU SMOOCHED ON US FOR FAR TO LONG AND TOOK EXTREME ADVANTAGE OF OUR KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS.SO STOP ALL THE CRYING NOW.THIS IS NOT NAZI ERROR ,THIS NOT HATE OR RACISM.ITS ABOUT WE NEED JOBS,HEALTH CARE,ETC.WE NEED OUR COUNTRY TAKING CARE OF US.WE NEED TO FEEL LIKE AMERICANS.WE ARE FED UP WITH PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE AND DEMANDING BENEFITS WHEN THEY DONT HAVE NO RIGHT BEING HERE...

I READ A COMMENT THAT A 14 YEAR OLD MEXICAN GIRL HAD WRITTEN SAYING: ITS ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE ENFORCING THIS LAW.ITS NOT ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE SO YOU GOT IT TWISTED ITS AFRICAN AMERICANS TO,WE ARE SO SICK AND TIRED OF YOU PEOPLE.AMERICA IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT COUNTRY DESPITE ITS INNER PROBLEMS,BUT WE DONT NEED YOUR PEOPLE MAKING IT HARDER AS THEY ALREADY DONE...DONT BE MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENFORCING THIS LAW,AND BY THE WAY TO FYI ("YOU THIS IS NOT A NEW LAW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SHOW THEIR PAPERS AND PROPER ID IN AMERICA IT JUST HASNT BEEN ENFORCED") SO ALL YOU PEOPLE CALLING IT A NEW LAW OPEN UP THE LAW BOOK OF AMERICA AND YOU'LL SEE IT RIGHT THERE.I GUESS THAT PUT AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY 61% OF AMERICANS ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING...

DONT GET MAD AT AMERICA GET MAD AT YOUR PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE AND SMUGGLED DRUGS,KILLED,KIDNAPPED,INVADED OUR JOB MARKET,OUR SCHOOLS,OUR HEALTH CARE,OUR PROGRAMS,OUR ECONOMY,AND THE LIST GOES ON.GET MAD AT THEM.AMERICA GAVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO GET REGISTERED BUT THEY DIDNT BECAUSE NOT PAYING TAXES WAS GOOD LIVING WHILE EVERY AMERICAN HAD TO PAY FOR THEM WITH TAXES...YOU SMOOCHED ON US FOR FAR TO LONG AND TOOK EXTREME ADVANTAGE OF OUR KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS.SO STOP ALL THE CRYING NOW.THIS IS NOT NAZI ERROR ,THIS NOT HATE OR RACISM.ITS ABOUT WE NEED JOBS,HEALTH CARE,ETC.WE NEED OUR COUNTRY TAKING CARE OF US.WE NEED TO FEEL LIKE AMERICANS.WE ARE FED UP WITH PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE AND DEMANDING BENEFITS WHEN THEY DONT HAVE NO RIGHT BEING HERE...

I READ A COMMENT THAT A 14 YEAR OLD MEXICAN GIRL HAD WRITTEN SAYING: ITS ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE ENFORCING THIS LAW.ITS NOT ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE SO YOU GOT IT TWISTED ITS AFRICAN AMERICANS TO,WE ARE SO SICK AND TIRED OF YOU PEOPLE.AMERICA IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT COUNTRY DESPITE ITS INNER PROBLEMS,BUT WE DONT NEED YOUR PEOPLE MAKING IT HARDER AS THEY ALREADY DONE...DONT BE MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENFORCING THIS LAW,AND BY THE WAY TO FYI ("YOU THIS IS NOT A NEW LAW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SHOW THEIR PAPERS AND PROPER ID IN AMERICA IT JUST HASNT BEEN ENFORCED") SO ALL YOU PEOPLE CALLING IT A NEW LAW OPEN UP THE LAW BOOK OF AMERICA AND YOU'LL SEE IT RIGHT THERE.I GUESS THAT PUT AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY 61% OF AMERICANS ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING...

DONT GET MAD AT AMERICA GET MAD AT YOUR PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE AND SMUGGLED DRUGS,KILLED,KIDNAPPED,INVADED OUR JOB MARKET,OUR SCHOOLS,OUR HEALTH CARE,OUR PROGRAMS,OUR ECONOMY,AND THE LIST GOES ON.GET MAD AT THEM.AMERICA GAVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO GET REGISTERED BUT THEY DIDNT BECAUSE NOT PAYING TAXES WAS GOOD LIVING WHILE EVERY AMERICAN HAD TO PAY FOR THEM WITH TAXES...YOU SMOOCHED ON US FOR FAR TO LONG AND TOOK EXTREME ADVANTAGE OF OUR KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS.SO STOP ALL THE CRYING NOW.THIS IS NOT NAZI ERROR ,THIS NOT HATE OR RACISM.ITS ABOUT WE NEED JOBS,HEALTH CARE,ETC.WE NEED OUR COUNTRY TAKING CARE OF US.WE NEED TO FEEL LIKE AMERICANS.WE ARE FED UP WITH PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE AND DEMANDING BENEFITS WHEN THEY DONT HAVE NO RIGHT BEING HERE...

I READ A COMMENT THAT A 14 YEAR OLD MEXICAN GIRL HAD WRITTEN SAYING: ITS ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE ENFORCING THIS LAW.ITS NOT ONLY RED NECK WHITE PEOPLE SO YOU GOT IT TWISTED ITS AFRICAN AMERICANS TO,WE ARE SO SICK AND TIRED OF YOU PEOPLE.AMERICA IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT COUNTRY DESPITE ITS INNER PROBLEMS,BUT WE DONT NEED YOUR PEOPLE MAKING IT HARDER AS THEY ALREADY DONE...DONT BE MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENFORCING THIS LAW,AND BY THE WAY TO FYI ("YOU THIS IS NOT A NEW LAW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SHOW THEIR PAPERS AND PROPER ID IN AMERICA IT JUST HASNT BEEN ENFORCED") SO ALL YOU PEOPLE CALLING IT A NEW LAW OPEN UP THE LAW BOOK OF AMERICA AND YOU'LL SEE IT RIGHT THERE.I GUESS THAT PUT AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY 61% OF AMERICANS ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING...

DONT GET MAD AT AMERICA GET MAD AT YOUR PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE AND SMUGGLED DRUGS,KILLED,KIDNAPPED,INVADED OUR JOB MARKET,OUR SCHOOLS,OUR HEALTH CARE,OUR PROGRAMS,OUR ECONOMY,AND THE LIST GOES ON.GET MAD AT THEM.AMERICA GAVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO GET REGISTERED BUT THEY DIDNT BECAUSE NOT PAYING TAXES WAS GOOD LIVING WHILE EVERY AMERICAN HAD TO PAY FOR THEM WITH TAXES...YOU SMOOCHED ON US FOR FAR TO LONG AND TOOK EXTREME ADVANTAGE OF OUR KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS.SO STOP ALL THE CRYING NOW.THIS IS NOT NAZI ERROR ,THIS NOT HATE OR RACISM.ITS ABOUT WE NEED JOBS,HEALTH CARE,ETC.WE NEED OUR COUNTRY TAKING CARE OF US.WE NEED TO FEEL LIKE AMERICANS.WE ARE FED UP WITH PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE AND DEMANDING BENEFITS WHEN THEY DONT HAVE NO RIGHT BEING HERE...

I am glad all the latin American and other ballplayers are so eager to speak out about a law that was passed. Where were these same people when the local gentleman was murdered along the border? What do these same people have to say about the real issue that pushed this law to be created -- STOP THE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CROSSING OUR BORDERS AND PUTTING A DRAIN ON ALL OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS MEANT TO HELP AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN PUT IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS DUE TO BIG COMPANIES WANTING CHEAP LABOR!(Including MLB clubs)
How about all these well meaning out spoken Latin Americans who have been privileged to play the GREAT game of Baseball on American soil putting up some money to stop this catastrophy that won't be addressed by our current so called government adminstration.(Republican and Democrats alike)
Just be quiet on this issue or put up the money to help stop the flow. PLAY BALL or leave this great country!!!

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Adrian Gonzalez speaks out against immigration law
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One may think there’s nothing “special” about someone speaking out against an injustice, that rather than being considered an act of bravery it should be considered a responsibility, a duty. Although there’s truth to this statement I believe it does warrant merit; especially in this day in age where public figures are scrutinized for just about every act whether committed in private or public. It could be so easy for him to just sit back and watch others act as he enjoys the fruit of his labor, but instead of doing so he’s using his well earned fame to become a voice for his people. Sure you may take it as a stunt his PR and image consultant put him up to gain media attention and further more to connect with his audience the way a politician seeks to ‘connect’ with his constituents; but again it can be argued that “stunts” are a dime a dozen. It takes true ethnic pride and resolve to stand up for what’s right and what you believe in- I find that commendable. We need more people like him, in his position where a voice is heard loud above others, speaking out against racism and injustices.


Whether he scores HRs or not, he’s early earned VIP status in my book.


I understand that the law sucks for Legal citizens. As a enrolled NATIVE AMERICAN, my grandfathers and great grandfathers welcomed all people. Now we're to a point where enough is enough. I owned a business doing landscaping and yard work. I couldn't compete because of the companies and people that will hire and sorry but Mexican illegals for such low rates. So now my family is FUCKED because we cannot say " Hey is that guy legal to work here" without being called a rasist. Whites are proud to be white fine go back to Europe and be proud, Blacks are proud to be African fine go back to Africa and be proud, And Mexican's are proud to be Mexican fine go back to Mexico and be proud. Why not make your countries better!? Leave mine and my families alone, haven't you all fucked it up enough.?

Hey, people - Let's be clear about what's wrong with this law. Our Constitution protects us from casual searches by the police. They have to have a good reason to stop and search someone. The police have to have detected something that might be illegal. The police can't stop and search someone simply because they suspect someone might generally be doing something illegal. The Arizona law greatly broadens this police power. It allows police to stop and search someone because they "reasonably" suspect someone isn't a citizen. But how can the police tell? Mostly they're going to go by someone's probable ethnicity. But ethnicity itself isn't a crime, it isn't illegal to be Hispanics, and of course most Hispanics in Arizona and the United States are here legally. Hence the police will be repeatedly stopping and searching ordinary Americans for evidence they're citizens. Now stop and think: what do you carry on yourself that shows you're a citizen? Who wanders around with his (or her) passport? So if the police stop someone on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant but the person is just another American citizen, how does that person prove citizenship? With this law we're going to end up with Hispanic butchers, bakers, and bakers detained for hours - and those same butchers and bakers and bankers are going to be sue the heck out of one Arizona municipality after another. So it's a law which is unconstitutionally vague and it's a danger to many American citizens. Opposing it doesn't mean you support illegal immigration. It means you believe in the constitutional rights of American citizens. It also means you want to save Arizona towns and cities from eventual bankruptcy.

I couldn't agree with you more John Yellowcalf

"I understand that the law sucks for Legal citizens. As a enrolled NATIVE AMERICAN, my grandfathers and great grandfathers welcomed all people. Now we're to a point where enough is enough. I owned a business doing landscaping and yard work. I couldn't compete because of the companies and people that will hire and sorry but Mexican illegals for such low rates. So now my family is FUCKED because we cannot say " Hey is that guy legal to work here" without being called a rasist. Whites are proud to be white fine go back to Europe and be proud, Blacks are proud to be African fine go back to Africa and be proud, And Mexican's are proud to be Mexican fine go back to Mexico and be proud. Why not make your countries better!? Leave mine and my families alone, haven't you all fucked it up enough.?"

I'm concerned with Sean's comments and how he's attempting to represent all African Americans. I actually don't believe Sean is actually African-American, because if he was he would remember a time not too long ago when African-Americans were the illegal aliens in this country, when law enforcement called them niggers and hung them at clu clux clan rallies, and they were kicked and dragged out of restaurants by their hair, and when they couldn't use the same bathrooms as whites, where they couldn't even marry who they wanted to. Indeed, Sean is not African-American, Sean is confused. And yes, it is still legal to kill African-Americans and get away with it, ask any LAPD officer and check the statistics.

Now Sean, when was the last time you saw an African-American in the fields picking fruits and crops as a farm-worker?

I'll tell you when, when they were slaves. No, Mexicans are not taking your jobs, they are serving your meals and caring for your children. Open your eyes and stop pretending that you're African-American, because you're not, you're fellow African-Americans would be ashamed to see your face.

To Concerned,
Appearantly you need to do your reasearch on this law. I clearly states that the officer must already be engaged in a "lawful stop or detention or arrest" and have that "reasonable suspicion" your are so worried about before they can ask about immigration status. The officer cannot legally pull someone over just because they "look" illegal. Also you say it is still "legal to kill African-Americans" it is appearantly "legal" to kill white people if you aren't one because it happens just as often if not more so than any other "Hate Crime".

The most interesting posts and debates are waiting for you on http://immigration.civiltalks.com/ .Come and share your point of view- it really counts!

Everyone in the U.S stemmed from an immirgrant at one time or another.Except the Native Americans who were here first.I wonder why you all werent considered illegal and shunned. Oh yeah you stoled our land and killed us off. That makes you all alot better than those darn Mexicans that are coming over trying to help their families and work here.

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