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Suns will wear "Los Suns" Jerseys as part of Arizona immigration bill protest

May 4, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

This took some real cajones.

The controversial immigration bill (SB 1070) just signed into law in Arizona — which allows police making a “legal contact” to demand citizenship papers and makes it illegal not to have them on you — is popular with the majority of voters in the state. Those people are the Suns fan base, the people who fill the US Airways Center, and will again Wednesday night.

And they will see a home team wearing their “Los Suns” jerseys, part of a protest of the bill that included bold statements from several players and the team owner in opposition to it. A protest that was voted on and approved in the Suns locker room and by management will take place on Cinco do Mayo.

The politically active Steve Nash spoke out against the law, as Bright Side of the Sun reported.

“I think the law is very misguided. I think it is unfortunately to the detriment to our society and our civil liberties and I think it is very important for us to stand up for things we believe in,” Nash said of the bill. “I think the law obviously can target opportunities for racial profiling. Things we don’t want to see and don’t need to see in 2010.”

Team owner Robert Sarver added his voice, via the Arizona Republic:

“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law,” Sarver said in a statement released by the Suns on Tuesday morning. “However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question, and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”

“I looked around our plane and looked at our players and the diversity in our organization,” Sarver said. “I thought we need to go on record that we honor our diversity in our team, in the NBA and we need to show support for that. As for the political part of that, that’s my statement.”

Immigration is a complex issue, one where economic and trade policies of many nations impact local economies and force people to migrate to find economic safety and a better way of life. It has been that way since the first cities were formed. And almost since that time, laws have been put up to stop this immigration. Like so many things in our nation, this is a complex problem with politicians trying to implement simplistic answers and often failing to do even that.

But whatever you think of the new law, you have to admit it takes some real balls for the Suns to make this statement in defiance of their fan base. Or cajones, if you prefer. Although, shouldn’t the jerseys really read, “Los Sols?”

696 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Unfortunately our president doesn’t think before he speaks – with a teleprompter. Remember Cambridge police: he said he didn’t have all the information yet, but the Cambridge police acted stupidly. Same with Arizona’s SB 1070. The governor stated that the bill mirrors the federal immigration bill. How difficult is that?
    The Suns changing the name on their jerseys is just plain stupid. It appears that they wanted to put it in Spanish but just did it halfway. Oh, well, dumb idea anyway.
    La Raza! Indeed! “We have got to eliminate the gringo. And what I mean is, if worse comes to worst, we have got to kill him.” Jose Angel Gutierrez, Founder of the National Council of La Raza.
    The US won the 1846 Mexican War but still paid Mexico $18.3 million for the southwest. At that time there were as many “gringos” in the area as Mexicans and both were far outnumbered by Native Americans. If they want to be mad at somebody they should really be mad at Spain who originally took all the land, resulting in most of the people in what is now Mexico eventually becoming Hispanic.

  2. Mark - May 5, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Where’s your green card Pedro?

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  4. Eric - May 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Eight friggin’ years that jackass of a president had a chance to deal with the immigration issue. All he could do was start a war with a nation that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, let Bin Laden escape, try to legalize torture and then lie about it. And now some have the gal to say that Obama hasn’t done enough. Get a life! He’s been too busy trying to dig us out of the mess that Bush left. Finally, people with the guts to stand up and say – racial profiling is not an American value and a violation of our constitutional rights. I’m proud of you Suns! The rest of you – hey maybe you can join Texas and start your own country. (You can build lots of tall fences with concertina wire all around.)

  5. Dapherz - May 5, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Wow, I really admire the Suns for this and they have a fan in me! It’s insane how the same people who support this faux law bitch and moan about big government. This is BIG government at its worst, but are they complaining? No, because they are racist jackass who assume their bs law is going to keep the real dangerous people from getting into this country. The same people who support this law throw out words like socialist, but how socialsit is walking around with “papers” communist much Arizona? Mexicans would not be coming here if they weren’t getting jobs, they wouldn’t be coming here if the US didnt have a promise for a better future and they wouldn’t be coming here if this wasn’t the land of immigrants. These people who claim they love America are killing everything it stands for all because they can’t see past race and prejudice. I bet you no one is going to ask Adam O’hare for his proof of citizenship even if he is an illegal from Canada. I don’t even know what an illegal looks like because illegal aliens come in all shades and races. Please can someone explain to me what an illegal immigrant looks like? Didn’t think so..go Suns great way to make people Realize not all of Arizona is filled with ignorant rednecks!!! Btw Nash is an American citizen of Canadian origin just like your grandparents were American citizens of various European origins

  6. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Well that’s simple, because no one has challenged it in the courts yet. Duh.

  7. slthomas - May 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    It’s very easy for white people to say just show your papers and move on! Each encounter with law enforcement involving a nonwhite person has the potential to escalate into a situation that endangers the life of the person being harassed by the police. This writer is the daughter and sister of career law enforcement officers.
    It’s not very impressive to bully people, such as poor people or illegal aliens, who do not exercise their rigt to vote and who are not politacally vocal or active. The agricultural and other jobs going to hispanics will continue to go to them as long as the contractors, farmers etc. continue to try to cheap out by hiring illegals and pay them substandard wages, and require them to work in substandard conditions, as long as they don’t have to pay livable wages to American citizens, no matter what their race or color.
    I, for one, admire the Suns for taking very visible stand on the issue. Legislators should show some guts and pass laws that punish the American companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens in order to maximize their profits by paying substandard wages to desparate people.

  8. bt - May 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Hmmm, the 8 years of Bush doing nothing to get the Latino vote had nothing to do with anything? Oh yeah, and the need for labor in the first place, special people can’t cut their own grass, etc. but won’t hire American contractors.

  9. fpcampa - May 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Are you saying that it’s ok for the legal citizens in AZ to RAPE, PILLAGE, PLUNDER? Also it’s ok for the Legal Citizens to pack the Hospitals, drain the coffers (for those that don’t work or never worked, but are getting SSI). It’s not the President that hasn’t taken the stance, it’s the Republicans that are firing up the anti-hispanic sentiments. Not just illegal immigrants, but the legal ones too. If the law is going to be enforced, then everyone needs to be checked. Especially the ones that are getting assistance from the government. Many of them may be getting assistance in different names. All should be placed in cells until they are processed and determined that they are legally getting assistance from only one state. If they are giving the wrong names (aliases), they should be punished and givne jail time including the kids. After all, they are included in the assistance package. Then let all that have taken weed and put them in jail or worse in prison. Let’s just have everyone be locked up and have criminal records. This is the road that we are taking. Australia was a prison country, now the USA will claim the title.
    So when you are behind bars for forgetting your ID, don’t be crying and be sure to drop the soap in the shower.

  10. MusicLover - May 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Bravo!

  11. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Your point is? 121 murders have happened in Chicago so far this year, most by American’s, useless post.

  12. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Your point is? 121 murders have happened in Chicago so far this year, most by American’s, useless post.

  13. Loco - May 6, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Louis,
    “pilige”? really? no wonder you can’t understand the complexity of these issues when you can barely make a proper sentence or spell correctly. As your conservative friends would say . . . if you can’t speak right, go back to the country where you came from.

  14. bt - May 6, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Hmmm, the 8 years of Bush doing nothing to get the Latino vote had nothing to do with anything? Oh yeah, and the need for labor in the first place, special people can’t cut their own grass, etc. but won’t hire American contractors.

  15. alejandro lopez - May 6, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    I think we should replace “Los Suns” with illegal immigrants and see how they feel. This is coming from a LEGAL immigrant.

  16. VA - May 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    DITTO- so what they are basically saying is coming to this country illegally is okay. No more sun tickets for me. I have just sent an email to my friend who has season tickets to give him their views. guess what no more season tickets for him. Good bye suns

  17. Laura - May 6, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    AAUUUGGGHHH!!! I have had it with all this crap. This bill does nothing more than the Federal law calls for – it gives the Arizona law enforcers the added support to enforce the law. It IS NOT racial profiling – it is a tool to weed out the legal citizens from the ILLEGAL citizens. If you are ILLEGALLY in this country, you have something to dislike about this bill – the fact that you may get caught. I have a son-in-law who came to the US the legal way – and it took him 10 years to complete the process. ILLEGAL citizens get no sympathy from me. If you want to be an American citizen, start by following the law.

  18. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    We are better. The US allows 800,000 to 1 million legal immigrants to come to this country every single year. Far more than any other nation in the world. Depending on which numbers to believe, because it is impossible to really know- 500,000 to over a million *illegal* immigrants come to this country every year. So much of the world loves to hate the US, and yet so many still flood to this Nation.
    I have met so many Mexicans who love their beloved Mexico and have *no* wish to become an American, can’t really stand this country, and are only here for the money. And most definitely have no wish to learn how to speak English… they could care less. Then so many of these law breaking (hence *illegal*) immigrants take a good portion of the money they make here, in which they’ve paid no income taxes, no state taxes, no Social Security tax, *nothing*, turn around and send it back to their real country. Money that’s not spent here or taxed. That’s a giant sucking sound of wealth leaving this Nation.
    The whole pyramid scheme that is Social Security depends on overburdening those working now to pay for those in retirement now. The scumbag employer hiring an illegal immigrant gets away with not paying all those taxes and the *illegal* immigrant doesn’t pay those taxes, either. The coming retirement of all those baby boomers will devastate Social Security, and these scumbag employers and illegal immigranst *not* paying those taxes do not help the situation. When SS first went into action, there were 12 contributing workers for every retired person, that ratio is now 3 to 1, and will soon be 2 to 1.
    So many *illegal* immigrants do *not* pay their share of taxes, but keep flooding our overburden and broke public schools, flodding our overburdened hospital emergency rooms. Overwhelming our local Departments of Social Services. Many trying to game the system into getting welfare, food stamps or housing assistance.
    Mexicans spend far less of their disposable income in this country because so many send a lot of their money back to the country they really love, back to their families. Money that could help businesses here, money that should contribute fair share of taxes, money that just got sucked out this Nation.
    People should really look at the hypocritical Mexicans and how strict and brutal their immigration laws are, look at their punishments. Look at their laws concerning what outsiders can own and how much. These folks are hypocrites and pathetic.
    Perhaps, if all those hoards of immigrants leaving their much loved country stayed there and tried to make *their* country better, fought and strived to make *their* Nation a better place- they wouldn’t have to run here and they would not have to suck so much out of our country. And doing so without honestly *not* caring one bit about America, except for the money.
    Both sets of my grandparents came from Greece, they came here *legally*, and they went through the long process of becoming a US citizen. There were no Greek instructions plastered on everything, there were no Greek customer service lines to call- they had to learn English and they did. In most Greek American families, kids are made to learn English first, and then sent to “Greek School” at church when we get a bit older so that we can learn to speak Greek. Many Mexicans and other hispanics could care less about speaking English, they don’t have to like my grandparents did. But my grandparents, while proud of their heritage, *wanted* to be an American and they *wanted* to learn English… our language, the English language, is that common bond that we should all share in. Just as Spanish bonds Mexicans.
    Once agian- do some *real* research, and see the immigration laws of other countries, the quotas of other countries. And really look at the laws of the loud hypocrites in and from Mexico, and be thankful that our immigration laws (even those in Arizona) are not close to the strictness and punishments of Mexico or other countries.
    If the Federal government did their job of protecting our borders, which the US Consitution requires of them, Arizona would not have had to act. Coming to this country (as with *any* country) is against the law, it *is* illegal. This is not hard to comprehend. You come here illegally you are an *illegal* immigrant, and therefor -by law- you must leave… by force if necessary. All other nations in this world do not really differ in that. But, many have far stricter laws, enforcement and punishments than we come close to. Just like those blatant hypocrites running their mouths in Mexico.
    Follow the law- it really is that simple. Break the law and there should be punishment, or laws are worthless. In order to be fair and punish those that break our laws, there *must* be effective enforcement of our laws. The Federal government has failed terribly to effectively and consistently enforce the immigration laws of this Nation, and that why Arizona acted and why they will *no* be the last state to do so. Believe me, all those whinning and complaining now are in the minority, and the rule of law will win out. Those *illegal* immigrants breaking our laws just by being here- need to leave and leave now. Your beloved Mexico would require the same of me if I were there illegally. Except, I might get a good beaten if caught first or robbed of all my money by the polcia.
    Do you folks know how much Mexicans hate Guatemalans and how harsh and brutal Mexicans and their government are to them if caught in Mexico illehally? Do some research… the truth is out there.
    Now- Attention all persons in America- will all the *illegal* immigrants please leave this country and do so as soon as possible. Thank you. Come back when you have the fortitude to do so *legally*.

  19. 123 - May 6, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    quick to forget where u come from huh? where do u think ur family came from? My grandfather fought in WWII for the united states, my brother is fighting in Iraq, and there is no doubt in my mind that this law is illegal and unconstitutional Its pathetic how you turn on your own people to feel good about yourself.

  20. european - Iberia - May 6, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    I too am a LEGAL Immigrant, white but my great grandfather was not.
    Perhaps we should first legalize them all so we can collect more taxes ( they already pay sales taxes and service tax ). Then lock up the borders. Repariate any foreign born individual for major crimes.
    Perhaps we should change the name of the ” Los Suns” to Los Homo Sapiens sapiens Descriminados”.

  21. 123 - May 6, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    quick to forget where u come from huh? where do u think ur family came from? My grandfather fought in WWII for the united states, my brother is fighting in Iraq, and there is no doubt in my mind that this law is illegal and unconstitutional Its pathetic how you turn on your own people to feel good about yourself. What makes you american….what side of the border you are born on? congrats

  22. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Now this cracks me up, they are taking away American jobs, did I hear that right? Illegal aliens are doing that? Well hell, then we sure need a law against Corp America for outsourcing millions of tech jobs to India, well paying jobs. Yeah let’s bitch about not having the lettuce picking job available for us but it is ok to outsource the 70K job.
    By the way, it is a dumb law, why, it does nothing to stop illegal immigration. Yup, we round them up and ship them back and they come right back over 4 days later, what exactly did you stop? Nothing, it just cost you to send the same dude back 3 times. Someone on this board is really going to say the illegal hispanic population is going to fall because of this law? It needs to be handled at the federal level with real options.

  23. Ben - May 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Rape, illage,and plunder ? So you are saying only illegal immigrants do this ? Statistically, illegal immigrants commit no more crimes than the rest of the population. This law in Arizona violates the 4th amendment to the Constitution. One of the documents on which this country was founded. If you disregard the US Constitution for one group, where does it stop ? This reminds me of how the nazi party started singling out groups in Germany pre WW II. That worked out real well. Racial profiling, which this law allows in Arizona has been repeatedly deemed illegal. Why is it ok now ? IF you were Hispanic and in this country legally how would you feel being askeed to show papers proving that you were here legally ?
    Good for the Suns. I admire their courage.

  24. 123 - May 6, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    aimed at all those racist “proud Hispanics”

  25. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    If the Fedearal governemnt did its Consitutional duty to protect the borders of this Nation- Arizona would not have to do what they are doing. It is that simple.

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