Protestors rally at AT&T Park over immigration law

May 29, 2010 6:53:46 PM PDT
Thousands of demonstrators carrying signs, banners and flags marched in Phoenix Saturday to protest Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Those who could not attend staged their own protests including one in San Francisco, where the Arizona Diamondbacks were playing the Giants.

Protestors arrived at AT&T Park around 5 p.m. They want people to boycott Arizona and they want Major League Baseball to move the All Star game out of Arizona.

Protestors gathered at Justin Herman Plaza around 4 p.m. and started walking to the ball park around 4:30 p.m.

"I will not go to Arizona and I won't go to spring training next year," said Giant's fan Debbie Duncan. "I had these tickets. I bought these tickets before they passed that horrible law, but I'm still here because I'm supporting the Giants."

"It's the law, you know?" said Patty Arriaga. "If you're here illegally, you shouldn't be here I guess. So, let's play baseball and have fun."

The protestors say the Diamondbacks are a legitimate target because the team's owner has generously contributed to Republican politicians. The owner, Ken Kendrick, has said that he does not support the new immigration law, but protestors say they are not buying that.

"I know publically they've come out against that piece of legislation, but as far as I'm concerned, that's all talk," said protestor Michael Estrada. "They need to pull their money from those politicians if they really mean it."

The law they are protesting makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally, not a federal one. It says that one an officer is engaged in a lawful stop, he or she should ask about someone's legal status if they suspect that person is in the country illegally.

Protestors call the law racist, but supporters say it is necessary to make up for the federal government's lack of enforcement. Polls show that the majority of Americans do support Arizona's law.


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