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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 6, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    I totally agree! Kudo’s for the Suns for having the courage and sense to stand up to this horrible law! Arizona is turning into a police state. As a former Arizona resident, they have gone from bad to worse under the republican so called leadership!

  2. Kevin Cantu - May 6, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Man you people are mad now? Wait till MLB announces the All Star game for next year in Phoenix will be moved to another city. To think all of this because of Mexicans….Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone=)

  3. tony t - May 6, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    “Pilige”? Speak Amurican!!! You’re obviously not a real citizen, Louis, since your handle on the English language is pretty shakey. I love how all these anti-Mexican zealots demand that immigrants speak English, when they themselves couldn’t construct a proper English sentence if their life depended on it. As a hardcore Celtics fan, the Suns just became my favorite team in the West. We don’t have an illegal immigration problem in this country, we have an illegal EMPLOYER problem. Start prosecuting McDonalds, Wal-Mart, ConAgra, Monsanto, or virtually every general contractor in the Phoenix metro area, and you’ll see illegal immigration decline. Who do you think is hiring all these immigrants, hmmm? We all are! Every cheap burger you cram in your face, every dirty dish that gets bused from your table, every toilet that gets cleaned in a hotel room off the freeway, made possible through cheap, imported labor, fully endorsed by corporate America.

  4. beau - May 6, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    I am Canadian and want to move to Arizona.I have friends in Mesa and they have a job waiting for me…can I just come for a visit and never leave?

  5. Tom - May 6, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Guess the Suns don’t prosecute if you sneak in to the game without a ticket?

  6. Denny Crane, Esq. - May 6, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    The law is terrible. For years, neo-conservatives have been railing against “Big Government” and spouting conspiracy theories that the government is going to force us all to carry a government ID. Suddenly, Republicans are in favor of forcing us to carry ID, and actually passed a bill making it mandatory? Barry Goldwater (a true Conservative) would be turning in his grave if he knew about this bill. Clearly, this bill is Constitutionally suspect, aimed at one ethnic group. I seriously doubt that they will be deporting Canadians or other Anglos.
    Shame on AZ. Kudos to Los Suns.

  7. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    What a pitiful bit of drivel from such a know-it-all douchebag.
    I lie not to you nor some god or anyother chimerical critter.
    I have beautiful white skin, my wife has beautiful brown skin and our children have several shades of beautiful skin. I care not a person’s skin color.
    The rule of law must overcome. There must be consequences for those that break our laws. All countries have immigration laws, immigration quotas and deportation consequences. But, no other country in the world has to deal with the shear volume of people from all over wanting to come to this country and stay. No other country allows as many legal immigrants as we do and no other country has to contend with so many coming here illegally- year after year after year. Being that most of the illegal immigrants are Hispanic and most Hispanics are Catholic, they believe in the outdated and antiquated relic beliefs of their religion- which means, many do not use birth control and believe they should have has many children as they can. And they do. Do understand the cascading effect this is having on many cities, their resources and especially the public schools and social services? Do you get that this country is basically broke? Do you understand that many of these illegal immigrants do not pay their fair of taxes, nor do their scumbag law breaking employers?
    This is the truth, you believing it matters little to me.
    Enough is enough. Enforce the immigration laws of this Nation and protect the borders of our country. We ask no different of our government than what every other country already does, and it is the Consitutional duty of the Federal government to protect our borders. This not that hard to understand… really.

  8. RS - May 6, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    And you’re made at Obama because Bush did such a good job with border security? Right.

  9. YouDntKw - May 6, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    American citizens are guilty of all of these crimes as well. I agree there is a real problem, state leaders need to implement better ways of dealing with this issue.
    GO SUNS!

  10. tapes - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    It’s about time someone said something that makes sense. I for one being an American born citizen, do not like to have my hard earned money going to pay for people who “broke the law” to come into our country. Become a Legal citizen and we would not be having this conversation. Stay an Illegal citizen and you can leave any time now.

  11. desert rat - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    i have absolutely no problem with any mexican who is here legally and paying taxes workign a regular job etc… what i have a problem with is anyone from any country comming here and jacking up our economy..I understand its tough on the legals who are here just trying to make ends meet like the rest of us.. but lets face it man.. these border jumpers are screwing over the mexicans who live here legally too.. this isnt about white vs brown etc.. this is about common sense.. when you go to an airport.. and you see someone who is CLEARLY comes from the middle east , ya kinda get your guard up.. you pay a little extra attention to him/her.. why.. because people from this origin tend to carry friggin BOMBS in their underwear man !!.. well its common sense.. if you see a bunch of mexicans in the back of a dumptruck lookin like they dont really fit in .. what the hell is the harm in ASKING for papers.. just to PROVE they are here legit??? anyone who has a prob with this concept is either A.,. in the immigrant smuggeling business.. or B an illegal themselves.

  12. JJC - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Go Spurs…Twenty year Suns fan…no longer. This is a Sovereignty (sp) issue not a sports or pop culture issue. Good Bye Suns.

  13. jim - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    arizona suns WILL lose in the playoffs. Stupid morons for protesting the law.I say go back to your country of origin, but then there would be no suns basketball team left.Oh wait, they left their countries because of what?……

  14. JUAN VALDEZ - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    WE BUILD TOWERS,WE DONT DESTROY TOWERS,WE CLEAN AFTER YOU WITH PRIDE AND REAL CHEAP NOT FOR THE JOB BUT FOR NECESITY,WE PICK YOUR FOOD,SOMETHIG THAT IM SURE YOU WOULDNT DO,ARE WE TAKING YOUR JOB?I DONT THINK SO WE JUST TAKING JOBS THAT SOME LAZY PEOPLE DONT LIKE,AND RATHER GO ON WELLFARE THAN WORK…YOU SEE WE DONT HAVE ALL THE BENEFITS THAT A US CITIZEN HAVE,IF WE DONT WORK WE DONT GET UNEMPLOYMENT AND IF WE DO WORK WE CAN NOT CLAIM TAXES AT THE END OF THE YEAR WE DONT GET 5 OR 6 THOU.DOLLARS EVERY YEAR SO WHERE DO YOU THINK ALL THAT UNCLIMED MONEY GOES?MAYBE WE BRAKE EVEN WHEN WE HAVE TO USE AN EMERGENCY ROOM,AND YOU NOW WHAT WE ONLY RECONIZED A REAL AMERICAN IF IS NATIVE AMERICAN OTHER THAN THAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN INMIGRANT.TAKE A VERY CLOSE LOOK OF WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM YOU’L BE SURPRISED THAT WE ARE MORE AMERICANS THAN YOU,SINCE WE WERE BORN IN AMERICA.

  15. Hawk1940 - May 6, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Tom Jones, what about illegal don’t you understand? An American sports team should be obeying the laws of the federal government as well as the state laws not breaking them! AZ law states the same as the federal government law does but the feds won’t enforce them because the parties want the votes of the illegals. May the actions of the “Los Suns” will be “loss fans”!

  16. Steven - May 6, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    They lost you as a fan ? Good riddance ! Who would want a fan as bigotted as you are ?
    Implying that all immigrants are rapers, thieves, etc… is nothing but racism and xenophobia.

  17. Robert Dittell - May 6, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Well put and accurate. Thank you.

  18. JJC - May 6, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    All US citizens go to Mexico and try to stay. They will jail undocumented aliens for TWO years. Read their laws and consitution. We are not Mexicos safety net. Legal OK, illegal NOT

  19. Roman - May 6, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Folks, just remember to VOTE. Let’s get rid of the trash in congress and maybe something will get done. Those who support illegal immigration, why don’t you sponsor and take these illegals into your homes. Or, is it all just talk.
    Today a march in Phoenix. Three thousand in an area of 1.5 million. Not too many supporters. Illegal is illegal, theft is theft, murder is murder. They are all crimes.

  20. Johnson - May 6, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    I strongly agree with the law. It should be adopted in all 50 states and enforced. Boycott the Phoenix Suns!!!

  21. Hawk1940 - May 6, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    JUAN VALDEZ – Yes but my father’s ancestors come to the U.S. legally and my mother’s family have always been here before Mexico stole part of it from them and then the white people stole the rest including what Mexico sole!

  22. Robert Dittell - May 6, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    Talk about being misinformed… Look at the Phoenix Suns and the way they spelled the teams name on their shirts. I guess no one told them how to spell Suns in Spanish.

  23. Huh? - May 6, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    I think it should be Los Sols!

  24. wisex2 - May 6, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    That is not a matter of color.The majority of Hispanics from South America are used to break the law in their own countries. When America passed the law in 1965 allowing them to enter the country,she by doing so signed her death sentence. That was like someone hit a beehive with a stone : all the bees will assail you and you…. are dead. And that unfortunately is what is happening to America.

  25. Shane - May 6, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Interesting reading.
    I live on the other side of the world in one of the most multi cultural societies around. New Zealand. we share a common view that immigrants that are refugees are one distinct problem, but illegal immigrants are simply a global problem spiralling out of control.
    I have read much of the feedback and I can see both sides of the fence crystal clear.
    at the end of the day, immigrants who bring investment and create jobs are essential to economies in most countries today. we all know this of course, so putting them and refugees aside, what do you do with the illegal ones?
    I have an idea;
    why don’t you ban business owners from operating any business if they are caught hiring illegals more than 2-3 times. Seize their assets, and sell them off to offset the millions in lost taxes and revenue. And that should extend to trust funds where some of these employers hide the cash just to start up days later down the road.
    If you make the stakes for risk taking high for employers, they will be forced to be more cautious. At the end of the day, your employers open the door to illegal immigration by making low paid positions available for the sake of saving a buck. The buck really stops with those giving out the jobs and those that create and enforce your laws.
    If you create and nurture an environment conducive to illegal practice, it will thrive. Cut the knees out from the employers ripping you and your fellow citizens and make them pay the highest price. After all, they undermine your job security, your states revenue. I don’t really see much of a hard line mention towards these business owners in this feedback I have read so far, yet everyone is all over the immigrant.
    No one wants illegals in their country. only those that offer gain or benefit to ones country should qualify to immigrate and they should be vigilantly monitored for an initial settling period.
    I see a law such as the one passed herein as extremely problematic and out of sync with reality. But who knows. The debate will go on I am sure. Frankly why just penalise the immigrants? something attracted them there: your jobs – oops, did I say your employers! so get those that create the problem hardest.Then watch the problem go away. Good luck to you all anyway. Hope it all works out for you. I’m just glad we don’t have such a border issue where I live as you do.

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