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Should immigration activists target pro sports with Arizona law protests? Tell us what you think

June 1, 2010 |  1:00 pm

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TalkBackLAIt started two weeks ago when Lakers' Coach Phil Jackson became the subject of criticism -- and a small protest -- for comments he made about Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Lakers coach seems to back the Arizona law, which compels police to check the immigration status of people they have stopped and suspect are in the country illegally. “Am I crazy, or am I the only one that heard [the legislature] say, ‘We just took the United States immigration law and adopted it to our state?’ ” Jackson said of the Arizona statute.

On Monday, protesters showed up at Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Holding placards that read, among other things, "Arizona Shame on You" and chanting "Boycott Arizona!", demonstrators marched up Elysian Park Avenue toward Stadium Way and assembled on the four corners outside the entrance to the stadium, walking back and forth across the streets.

Should professional sports be a part of the debate over the Arizona law? Share your views below.

Photo: Some protesters of the Arizona law say the 2011 All-Star Game should be moved from Arizona. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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