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

May 4, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

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. tejano2k - May 5, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Did you feel the same way for the 8 years prior to Obama taking office? Also, didn’t the GOP “so-called” Presidential nominee come from the same state? We’re missing something here. What did those clowns get done for you? I hope you get profiled and let’s hear you squeel like a pig! Sign me on as a NEW Suns (Sols) fan.

  2. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    hey Brian,, stop using drugs you and 60 million people here in usa, and you dont have to deal with any cartel,,,

  3. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    omg!!! please go back to school,,,,, AMERICA = ITS ALL THE CONTINENT, FROM ALASKA TO ARGENTINA,,,, AMERICA IS NOT USA ,,,, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA(CONTINENT),,,,,WE ARE ALL AMERICANS
    MEXIC0=AMERICA
    HONDURAS=AMERICA
    BRAZIL=AMERICA
    USA=AMERICA

  4. NotHispanic - May 5, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    Hey moron….U.S.A AMERICA, Did I say NORTH AMERICA….no…All you mexicans are stupid…USA you said it United States of America…let me just tell yah again everytime i said”America” in my last post it was USA sorry…

  5. nimby - May 5, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Hey Nash we could hire 15 illegals that can shoot the ball better than you for one months worth of your salary. So let’s mandate that the NBA and every other sports league in the US must higher a set percentage of players from each ethnic group in America. If it’s good for our colleges then it’s good for our entertainment dregs also. Let’s also eliminate the rules for the amount of players on a team. This will allow for these overly paid non-productive elements of our society to put their pocket books where their mouths are.
    and hey sarver, you just gave another example of why people who are given money and never earned it should keep their mouth shut. In your slobbering love affair for all things illegal, you can’t even get a simple word like sun correct. It’s Los Sols not Los Suns, unless of coarse your really left a letter off and meant Lost Suns.

  6. nimby - May 5, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    OK for all you people who never finished school. Here is a lesson in economics 101 for dummies. Unemployment is caused by an over abundance of workers to jobs. When the work force goes down there is a higher demand for higher pay to fill the vacant jobs. For the less desirable jobs wages would also increase to attract people to these jobs, ie New York garbage jobs, assembly line workers, etc. (A historical fact).
    So to say that illegals only take jobs that Americans don’t want is a falacy. Look at not only our unemployment figures but the historical figures of people on welfare. This has nothing to do with letting illegal people come to the US, our history is repleat with legal immigrants who came here to make a better life and worked at these low skill dirty jobs. They improved their lives and the fabric of America. Do we want to pay $10 for a tomatoe? Probably not unless you realize that as all pay goes up to fill these jobs a $10 tomatoe may not be that expensive comparitively speaking. Plus with the impetus to make money in Mexico you will find drug farmers growing tomatoes and selling them for $7 dollars. Competition pure and simple.
    The real motive behind all these rantings for illegals to stay is not for any noble cause but for power. This is nothing more than another entitlement program to keep segments of the society appeased and complacent. This in turn allows for the ‘superior’ people to by their benevelent actions buy the vote of a grateful group of people.
    Finally illegal immigrants have never made any country or society in the history of the world a better place. Mostly because it is just another word for enslavement and corruption.

  7. haneyr - May 5, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    Dear Anonymous.
    Too bad you don’t know who you are to be able to put a name on your words. This tactic surely isn’t being used to allow you to hide in the weeds and throw stones at other people who stand up for what they believe in? Well anyway I guess this isn’t really about your character.
    Try going to Canada, Mexico, or any of the other countries in the America’s and call them American. You will find out what it feels like to be mislabled a racist. Unless you were advocating that these countries become part of the United States of America??
    Next lets see you walk across the border to Mexico (or any other country in the world for that matter) and get a job without documents. Unless you are interested in being either a mule or an organ donor.
    So lets stop with the silly name calling and ludicrous attempts at logic. Unless it makes you feel superior, then it’s OK. Sure hope you get enough self-respect to find a name.

  8. haney - May 5, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    Anonymouse you clever little boy you made me forget what I really wanted to say about this article.
    Steve Nash is a really good man and I respect him for what he has accomplished in his life and all the people he has helped. So lets look at his life and see what he really should be promoting instead of people who commit illegal acts.
    Steve Nash born in South America.
    Steve Nash’s family LEGALLY immigrated to Canada.
    Steve Nash LEGALLY entered the US to attend Santa Clara College.
    Steve Nash using a LEGAL Canadian passport enters the US LEGALLY to make enormous amounts of money throwing a ball around with four other guys in shorts.
    Steve Nash pays an equally large amount of his LEGAL salary to taxes.
    Steve Nash LEGALLY works in Arizona but lives in Canada.
    Steve Nash is a businessman who employees LEGAL residents of Canada.
    Steve Nash and his family did everything LEGALLY necessary to become successful.
    Steve Nash is a role model to kids in Canada and the US (not sure if any Mexicans know him).
    So why is he now wanting to support people who did everything opposite of what he and his family did? Does he not think that all the people who have come or are waiting to come to the US (and Canada) LEGALLY should be denied this opportunity so that a group of ILLEGAL people who knowingly and blatantly IGNORE and BREAK US laws should get a free ride?
    True humanitarians don’t adopt kids out of the ghettos of the world, they help make the ghetto’s into a better place for all the kids to grow up and be successful. So let’s stop hiding behind slogans and news bites. People should learn from Steve Nashs life story and do the right and LEGAL actions needed to make a better life. Or he and others need to set the example and open their homes to any and every person who wants to come in and live the easy life.

  9. JDUBB - May 5, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    Don’t you guys who are not going to watch the game have a rally to go to anyway? Louis I wonder what you look like under that white sheet. If you are Hispanic, I’ll put money on the Suns that your grandparents are not very proud of your political views. Let you be the first person to show proof of citizenship. I hope they send your ass back to wherever you came from. Probably the same place David Duke came from.
    You sure your not the new “Grand Wizard”?

  10. SH - May 5, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    Just want to let the NBA and the anti-American/pro illegal alien Phoenix Suns that I will be boycotting every game they play. I will also encourage as many NBA fans as I can to also boycott the Suns, including not attending their games, not buying any apparel or buying anything from their sponsors.
    I find it hypocritical and repulsive that this organization would support illegal aliens over Americans.

  11. SH - May 5, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Nimby…”OK for all you people who never finished school.”
    Your are trying to educate people who don’t understand the meaning of the word “ILLEGAL” about economics?

  12. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    The Arizona law which is causing the fuss
    1) bans ‘sanctuary cities’ that refuse to enforce immigration laws, 2) stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers,
    3) makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien-registration document and
    4) allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to prove that they are not in the country illegally.
    IN CONTRAST
    According to Mexico’s ‘Ley General de Poblacion’ – General Law of the Population – the following are just SOME of their immigration laws.
    1) Illegal entry into the country is a felony punishable by 2 years imprisonment.
    2) Foreigners are banned if they upset the ‘equilibrium of the national demographics’.
    3) If you want to obtain Mexican citizenship you must, among other things, provide a bank statement showing economic independence and pay for your own health care.
    4) Foreigners may be kicked out at any time without due process.
    (BTW – President Obama’s illegal alien aunt is still in this country after eight years of residency and is presently awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected claim for asylum.)
    5) The National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. Every member of the population must carry a citizen’s identity card.
    6) Political speech by foreigners is banned. Non-citizens cannot “in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

  13. Eric Winter - May 5, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    It’s a tough call. The Suns certainly don’t want to get booed while on the road – and let’s face it: “Arizona” is not exactly a splendiferous brand name at the moment.
    While Arizona does have huge, ignored illegal immigration problems, trashing the Constitution is a terrible solution.
    And there is a further complication, as Rachel Maddow points out: the people who wrote this law have firm connections with white supremicists.
    In short, the Suns made the right decision.

  14. Alex - May 5, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    hey isn’t that what the native americans said about those pale skinned people getting off that ugly boat??

  15. notsosmart - May 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    How many individuals work in the US under a legal child’s social security number? I think not many and the ones that do are mostly Mexicans. Even Mexicans brag about it.
    How many Italians, Jews, Polaks, Irishmen, German etc. do you think are in this country unlawfully? Not that many right?
    Now how many Mexicans are in this country unlawfully? And are these unlawful Mexicans all over the US? Or do they appear to congregate in certain areas of the country first and foremost?
    So I ask why do a hand full of people have a slight problem with the Arizona Law or the will to clarify the Federal Law and to enforce federal law?

  16. DinkyD - May 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone get this?? IMO, this law is NOT about race, it is about enforcing the law (a law already in place by the Federal government). I don’t care if you’re hispanic, white, black, Asian, Indian ~ whatever!!! If you are in this country ILLEGALLY, you do not belong here!! PERIOD! If you come here thru legal channels and obtain citizenship the proper way, I have ZERO problem with you being here. Being here illegally is essentially stealing from all the hard-working, tax-paying LEGAL American citizens. I am amazed at how many people are saying they are against this law. You condone illegal activities? You like having all your tax dollars going towards those who break the law? You say many of these illegals come here for a better way of life. Well, I want a better way of life for my family. Maybe I should go rob a bank to help pay for my children’s education. I know it a crime but hey, my intentions are good.
    As for the Suns, what a bunch of overpaid idiots! How about using your fame and money to help LEGAL American citizens? We have child abuse/exploitation, homelessness, people starving, domestic violence not to mention all the natural disasters that have happened as of late… how about helping out those people? I CHALLENGE YOU PHOENIX SUNS! PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!

  17. thisISsad - May 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Well I’ve always considered the NBA literally unwatchable, now it my opinion is cemented in stone. You try to solve a problem and people’s first response is portray themselves as victims. There’s nothing wrong with the Arizona law. Compare it to Mexico’s immigration laws and you’ll find that Arizona’s law is pretty tame. Now the Suns organization is jumping on the protest band wagon? The Suns organization, the NBA, is its players should be a little more thankful and appreciative of where their meal ticket comes from. Here’s a hint, it’s not from from illegals working under the table sending their tax free dollars back to their families in the “homeland”.

  18. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Just a little food for thought:
    JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL
    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”.
    Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California .
    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number,and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”..
    Ready? Now pay attention…
    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.
    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or
    $31,200…00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.
    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities,
    gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch.. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.
    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.
    Do you get it, now?

  19. Sandra S - May 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Go to hell NBA I will no longer watch the playoffs or buy your damned products!!! We are not Mexico and if you want their culture so damned bad take your butts down there and play….but then again, with Steve Nash being a Canadian, he probably would not be able to play there and they (Mexicans) could not afford to pay you overpriced prima donnas….Boycott all of the NBA!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Anonymous - May 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Just a little food for thought:
    JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL
    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”.
    Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California .
    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number,and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”..
    Ready? Now pay attention…
    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.
    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or
    $31,200…00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.
    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities,
    gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch.. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.
    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.
    Do you get it, now?

  21. MrLaloosh - May 5, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    VAMOS SOLS!!!

  22. DAVID - May 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    I WONDER HOW MANY OF THE DIVERSE SUNS PLAYERS ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? NONE? SO WHY NOT REVIEW WHAT & WHY IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO COME INTO THE US legally? THE LAW GIVES THE POLICE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VERIFY STATUS. GOOD JOB

  23. tb - May 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Crime has gone DOWN in AZ as immigration has gone up. Illegal tend to avoid committing crimes so they can stay in this country. This law isn’t about creating safe neighborhoods. Its also not about protecting police officers as there hasn’t been an AZ police officer hurt or killed by an illegal years. Look it up.
    The stats are being made up because people fear dark skin. This is about racism and if you support it you are supporting racism. The facts simply don’t support the reasoning behind this law. If they did, some of you might have a point.

  24. jc - May 5, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    If you are boycotting the Suns for speaking up against SB1070, aren’t you then joining the ranks of the people and cities boycotting Arizona over SB1070? Ironic, isn’t it???

  25. Christy - May 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Arizona had the balls to pass a law that is much needed and much overdue, I am just a little embarrased that my state (TX) didn’t do it first! I hope other states will take a similar stand and pass and ENFORCE laws against ILLEGAL immigration. If you want to live here, raise kids here, then become a legal resident period! Vote, pay taxes and enjoy the benefits that you yourself earn, not what I earn for you!

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