Though the Royals public relations department would surely not have to worry about this until 2011, pitcher Joakim Soria recently told reporters that he would consider skipping the 2011 All-Star in Phoenix because of Arizona's new immigration laws.â†µ
Arizona’s much-debated measure takes effect July 29. The statute requires police, while enforcing other laws, to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.â†µ
“They could stop me and ask to see my papers,” said Soria, who was born in Mexico. “I have to stand with my Latin community on this.”â†µ
This will be an interesting debate moving forward as the law has drawn plenty of scrutiny across the country. If the Latin community, as Soria calls them, decides to skip the game, it could cause a major problem for everyone involved.