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Reveling in its first conference championship in 26 years, the Highland Park High School girls varsity basketball team has been selling cookies for months to raise funds for a tournament in Arizona. But those hoop dreams were dashed when players learned they couldn't go because of that state's new crackdown on illegal immigrants. Safety concerns partly fueled the decision, but the trip also "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values," said District 113 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson. That explanation, though, smacks of political protest to parents upset by the decision. The news, which was broken to the team Monday by coach Jolie Bechtel, comes as critics of Arizona's controversial law call on professional athletes and others to boycott the state. Last month a New York congressman asked Major League Baseball to pull next year's All-Star Game from Phoenix, and protesters recently picketed Wrigley Field when the Arizona Diamondbacks played the Cubs. But tossing a high school team into the heated debate has left parents and players baffled and angry. "Why are we mixing politics and a basketball tournament?" said Michael Evans, whose daughter Lauren is a junior on the team. "It's outrageous that they're doing this under the guise of safety."
Originally posted by Legion2112
reply to post by whaaa
See, this right here is a perfect example of how people will ultimately wind up cutting off their noses to spite their face.
You do know that the legislation in question was amended, yes? You do know that questions of citizenship on the part of LEOs in AZ can only come after the commission of another crime, yes? That, for example, they would have to have probable cause that someone was an illegal after they pulled you over for speeding?