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. Bklyn 123

    well look at brooklyn Brighton beach section, you might as well live in Russia, These people come to this country claiming to be poor and broke and as soon a sthey get her they go on welfare, food stamps and Medicade, but they all have money they open rsturants bath house etc and the goverment does nothing to stop them from getting these benifits, but if an American goes to apply for these services they are denied, so these people are no different then the Mexicans, hatiansDomincans but yet again they get special treatment and the goverment turns a blind eye all this under the table dealing needs to stop before you know it we will be a third world county

    April 29, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    Every time I am stopped by a police officer Im asked to produce my drivers license. Is this racist, nazi government or just common sense to make sure Im llegally operating the vehicle.

    If we are stopped on roving DUI patrols, are we being discriminated upon because we are driving at 2:00 am or is law enforcement trying to make the roadways safe to travel by removing drunks from behind the wheels.

    I never complain about being asked to produce a license or that I spens an extra minute at a DUI checkpoint but then again, I have a legal license and don't drive drunk.

    If I was breaking the law, Id probably scream discrimination and divert the attention from the reality that Im in the wrong. That seems to work as a defense for any criminal today.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. jake

    Last I checked illegal still meant illegal. In Mexico it is a felony to be an illegal punishable by 2 years in prison. Let them protest at a baseball game. I'll boycott Cancun, and Cabo and will encourage others to do the same.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Innkprdoug

    My wife and I are retired from the US Army and 3 of our kids have served. Total of over 70 years service to this country. My son met a woman in Japan and married her. Now, we have strong beliefs about the Law. When my wife got a speeding ticket, I asked her if she was speeding. She said Yes. OK, go pay the fine. So, when my son wanted to bring his wife to the US when he left the Navy, it took him over 2 years and thousands of dollars in expenses to do that. OK, life should be simple. We have laws. Someone breaks the law entering this country, they should pay the piper, period. These illegal immigrants can't afford to do it properly, too bad. If the USA needs immigrant labor, then change the laws to allow them temporary entry. They don't go home at end of VISA, then kick em out. Simple. But don't give lawbreakers a pat on the back and a welcome handshake and tons of pity they don't deserve. They broke our law.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. C'mon people get real

    While they protest outside, everyone else will be watching the game.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chad Lietz

    What is it that these people are really complaining about? Are they afraid that a family member or friend might be exposed and deported? Maybe they are afraid that they may be deported. After all who should be afraid of this law? Only those people that have something to hide.

    If an officer asked me to provide proof of my immigration status, I would not have a problem, which makes me wonder why anyone would have an issue unless they had something to hide.

    Those who are opposed to this new law would like people to think this is about racial profiling. No where in this law do we see anything about racial profiling. Besides that, if you are here in this country legally, why should you be concerned, The law clearly states that you must already be under investigation for another crime and even then the officer must have probably cause. Being a latino is not probably cause. If you can not speak english, well that's probably cause as the chances you grew up here not knowing english are slim to none. Or how about no drivers license, that would be probable cause too.

    Some people need to realize that we do not live in a perfect world with infinite resources. The fact is just the opposite. The United States does not have the capacity or resources to allow every single person who wants a better life to enter this country. This is not the 1700's and this is no longer the new world. There will always be people who want for a better life. That is the absolute truth. Unfortunately the United States does not have the resources available to save everyone of those individuals. We just do not have the resources, period.

    We allow 1 million legal immigrants each year, maybe we could allow in a few more, but we sure can not afford to let in 15 or 30 million a year as some would have us believe. I guess these people can explain then, why my son can not find a job at 18 flipping burgers or any where for that matter. Where are all these jobs that we are suppose to provide to these 30 million immigrants?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Z

    Arizona needs to send their illegals to Chicago that will turn the tide. Most Americans will support Arizona's new immigration policy/ Obama should call off his Chicago Union Thugs and Cartel members in Chicago. The Laws of our country were put in place to protect the security of our nation.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    Thank you Arizona. You will need to build more hotels to house all of the "American" visitors that will come to pay their respects.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. D Concerned

    If you don't live in Arizona, SHUT UP and Mind your OWN BUSINESS !!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. karmas abitch

    Mexicans have been soaking this countryfor years.They come here illegally they bring drugs in illegally,they take jobs from americans, they force the US to spend billions on boarder control,They kill Americans when they attempt to cross and bring in drugs, gangs. they make money here illegally then send it back to mexico.They bring down the value of any house once they move in to the community. I can go on but TO BE ANGRY ABOUT COPS TRYING TO ENFORCE THE LAWS WE VOTED TO HAVE IS STUPID AND THEY SHOULD FIX THEIR OWN COUNTRY NOT LEAVE IT TO COME AND MESS OURS UP WORSE THAN IT IS.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. marquisdelafayette


    April 29, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Louis Tenore

    Politics—Politicians want to be re-elected, so they get the Spanish vote by not enforcing the law, but by making it legal to be illegal. Let's stop voting in these politicians that support these illegals. GO ARIZONA!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    You gotta love it. Illegals protesting in a city that is having so many criminals wandering the streets that they are asking for National Guard assistance in patrolling many of the neighborhoods.

    Second City couldn't write better comedy than this.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bandit24

    So what happens if the illegals move out of Arizona into other states? As the illegal numbers rise the pressure on these states to do the same thing as Arizona would rise as well. Like Dominoes. First one then two, then four and so on. Quick bleeding heart liberals do something. This is more than we can stand or endure. And while you are protesting can you hold a few signs up for us illegal speeders. I think they are profiling us on the roads. They are pulling us over and make us show identiification and everything. We want to be victims too.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. minpin

    If the Federal Government was doing it's job, Arizona would not have had to pass a law banning ILLEGAL ALIENS, KEY WORDS, ILLEGAL ALIENS, from this country. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama and the Democrats apparently are not aware, or don't care, or can't read, that there are immigration laws in our country until Arizona passed there own.
    Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama, and the rest of you Democrats, either enforce the laws of this county, remember you were elected by the people of the United States of America, not Mexico, or do us all a favor and resign.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
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