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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco city officials are urging Major League Baseball to find a new home for the 2011 All-Star Game, currently scheduled to take place in Phoenix.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter Friday to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig asking him to boycott the state unless a stringent new anti-illegal immigration law is repealed. A New York congressman and activist organizations have asked MLB the same.
The law requires law enforcement to question those suspected of being in the country illegally.
Herrera's letter says the law would threaten "millions of Americans who are Latino or who may appear to be of foreign origin -- including Major League Baseball players and their fans."
According to the MLB, about 30 percent of players were born abroad. About 40 percent are Hispanic.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick issued the following statement after the Major League Baseball Players Association put out a statement regarding Senate Bill 1070 earlier today.
"We acknowledge the statement from Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner and share the same concerns of the impact Arizona’s immigration law will have on Major League players. However, we believe the federal government should act swiftly to address the immigration issue once and for all. We certainly are well aware of the struggles our state has due to federal inaction on illegal immigration. The fallout of recent state legislation has a direct impact on many of our players, employees and fans in Arizona, not to mention our local businesses, many of which are corporate partners of ours. Unfortunately, this whole situation is sad and disappointing for all of us who are associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. We remain hopeful that this situation can be resolved in a manner that does not cause harm to our great state."