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“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’s statement read. “However intended, the result of passing the 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.”
We had hoped beyond all hope that this situation in Arizona with respect to immigration reform would not come down to this type of unadulterated ignorance. There are a couple of issues here that we will address before any other: One, Sarver is the owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team who, notwithstanding anyone, is supposed to be professional in conduct ad nauseaum.
The new Arizona law mirrors federal law, which already requires aliens (non-citizens) to register and carry their documents with them (8 USC 1304(e) and 8 USC 1306(a)). The new Arizona law simply states that violating federal immigration law is now a state crime as well. Because illegal immigrants are by definition in violation of federal immigration laws, they can now be arrested by local law enforcement in Arizona.
And Steve Kerr one of the men I most respected in the NBA, not only because of his playing abilities – with those constant 3 pointers when with the World Champion Chicago Bulls, and then with World Champion San Antonio Spurs – but because this person actually finished college. Kerr was a journeyman around the league; however, having the advantage of being a ball-boy with the UCLA Bruins whilst watching legendary John Wooden, he later attended the University of Arizona.
Dear Steve Kerr: Please be advised that political matters belong in the political arena; furthermore, basketball matters need to be kept within the basketball arena.
“We didn’t want this to be a distraction, so we left the call up to them,” said Kerr, who noted his team has players from Slovenia (Goran Dragic), Brazil (Leandro Barbosa) and Canada (Steve Nash). Well isn’t that rambling-buck-passing-he–made-me-do-it garbage one would expect out of a politician?
Why is it that any time one of these prima donna baby professional athletes – and one doesn’t need an agenda here – encounter any trouble in their lives i.e., spousal abuse, domestic abuse, aggravated rape, attacking fans, assault, or a felony charge with possession of illegal drugs – the public is asked to: “…Let them have their space, or leave em’ alone they’re just human”? Let’s ask Tiger Woods or Magic Johnson.