A protest against Arizona's illegal-immigration law is planned for outside Dodger Stadium today, including a reiteration of a previous demand that the Los Angeles Dodgers move their spring training base from the state.
The Boycott Arizona Los Angeles Committee is also calling for the Dodgers to oppose SB 1070 and for a boycott of today's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Dodgers because of campaign contributions by Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick and his family to supporters of the law.
There was no immediate response from the Dodgers to a request for comment.
Protestors will also continue the call for Major League Baseball to shift the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix. When asked about the demand at a news conference following an owners meeting May 13, Commissioner Bud Selig ignored the question, instead discussing praise for baseball's minority hiring record.
After Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner announced the union's opposition to the law April 30, Kendrick said the Diamondbacks "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," Kendrick said. "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."
The law, which goes into effect July 29, empowers local law enforcement to check the immigration status of suspects they have stopped for other reasons if there is a reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally. It specifically bars police from racial profiling.
SB 1070 has sparked lawsuits and many protests, with President Barack Obama and numerous civil rights groups condemning it. However, a series of polls have indicated strong public support for the law.