April 29th, 2010
05:27 AM ET

Immigration protest set for Cubs-Diamondbacks game

The fierce debate over a new Arizona immigration law has spread to America's pastime as protesters plan to demonstrate against the city's baseball team on Thursday.

The protest will occur outside Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, where the Arizona Diamondbacks will start a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

"America's favorite pastime will be hit with a reality check," the protest's organizers wrote on a Facebook page set up to publicize their rally. "Bring signs and banners to the protest."

By early Thursday morning, the Facebook group had more than 800 members.

The new Arizona law requires police to check whether a person is in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect he or she isn't.

Critics say the law could foster racial profiling.

Along with the protest at Wrigley Field, the group said it is planning a protest march for May 1.

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  1. asianguy

    That protest will surely backfire. Now the protesters will have the attention of the citizens and legal immigrants whom have been offended by effects of the influx of illegal aliens.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dorothea7

    Illegal = broke the law crossing the border illegally = criminal

    Counter-protest! Wherever they gather to protest the law, gather to protest For the law! Do not let criminals prevail! The only people who are against Arizona's law are illegals, relatives of illegals, people who profit from the illegals, and those people who have bought into the propaganda those three groups have spouted in an effort to make people think the law is racist, Nazified, and/or against the 4th Amendment. These allegations are not true, as anybody who reads the law can ascertain.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Chris

    My wife came here from the Philippines in 2005 the legal way. After almost $4,000 in legal paperwork fees and almost 16mths of waiting, she was able to come here. Since my wife came here legally by having to wait, then those illegal immigrants can do the same. If they can't respect our laws and our country by doing so, they have no legal right to be in the United States.

    If they were to grant those illegal immigrants amnesty or some other crap so they could remain here, then I think I'd would be sueing the government so that I could get all that money for nothing fees I paid for my wife back. Illegals will NEVER be Americans no matter what they do. Only Americans should be allowed to live & work in the United States. If they want to live & work here, then do it legally. Otherwise go back home.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ProSkeptic

    Did it ever occur to any of you that the people who are protesting Arizona's new law might actually be American CITIZENS? Or at least permanent residents? Why should an American citizen have to walk around with a passport inside of his/her own country just to prove that they belong here? How likely is it that the police in Arizona will be white people with, say French accents and asking to see their papers? This is a noxious bill, and I predict that it eventually will not be enforced, due to all sorts of constitutional/legal issues.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. gut21

    AHHHH how quickly we forget that WE STOLE this country first. WE picked a fight with Mexico too and TOOK half of THEIR land 1846-1848 and made it OURS.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bandit24

    Arizona has did the politicaly incorrect thing. They are making it illegal to be illegal. How dare they. They are enforcing the law and rules that should have been enforced in this country years ago. If you are caught illegal in this country your pathway to citizenship should be a year or better in a jail cell and then put on a path back to the country you crawled out of.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. crazyfingers66

    Most of the comments here really miss the point. The problem is not with the illegal aliens or forcing them to leave if they are caught. It is with allowing the police to stop and request papers from anyone they believe could be an illegal alien – i.e., anyone that is Hispanic.

    Do you really want to live in a society where the police can stop you at any time and for any reason because of the color of your skin? That is NOT a free society, and is NOT the American way.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amused

    Who cares if it leads to racial profiling? If you're targeted because an officer thinks you're illegal and you can prove that you are legal, no harm no foul. Why are these fools trying to protect those that don't belong here? This law should be enacted in EVERY border state and STRICTLY enforced!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. scott Narder

    Well only in this country can a bumch of Illegeal Immagrants protest on the streets, well I have a answer for that, if the INS had any B-s they would back a bus up and put all of them on the bus and drive back to the Mexican Border and check there ID's then, The US Govermentgot to stop being afraid on what every other country thinks, countries across the world already laugh at us because we son't back our own laws, but we want to make laws for other places, I live in Miami and everyday a boat load of Cubans and Haitians come ashore and the Goverment sends home the Haitiansm They all need to be sent back to there country, if they want to come here they need to wait on line and submitt there paperwork for a Visa, God Bless America.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ben haas

    hahahah – what a bunch of bullshit from CNN – "by sunday it had 800 members" – the facebook group in support of the law had 60,000 by that time. CNN why don't you stop this "blame white people" culture of junk reporting and hire back Lou Dobbs and kiss his feet before he steps foot back in your far lefting wing nut job news reporting. You have alienated the will of the American People for far to long. Go to hell.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ben haas

    is it just me or does nearly all the posts on cnn's reporting on any type of immigration almost invariably overwhelmingly oppose its advocation for an open borders policy and the future balkanization of America.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Adam

    The new bill doesn't go far enough. There should be a five year moratorium on all legal immigration as well. No mas!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. TyHouston

    Down with criminal illegals! Up with Legal citizens!

    If the whining criminals want to break laws they can go back to Mexcio, they wanna live here they can first follow the laws and become one of us legally.

    We don't want criminals who spit in the face of our laws BEFORE they even show up.

    Cry about racism all you want, your still backing criminals.... I'd like to commit seven felonies steal 3 peoples SSN's and id's and suck off the taxes of this country... Why can't I? Cause I'm black? Well not good enough... I follow the laws so can they.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Charles

    Here is the bottom line; there is nothing wrong being part of this great free nation but there is a right way to do it. How about we do it the right way.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sue

    I'm supporting Arizona by protesting at University of Michigan when Obama gives the commencement apeech this Saturday.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
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