New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has come out against Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Menendez called on Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez is urging the Major League Baseball Players’ Association to boycott next year’s All-Star Game in Phoenix over the recently passed Arizona law to crack down on illegal immigrants.
The New Jersey Democrat says in a letter that 27 percent of Major League players are Latinos and they shouldn’t be subjected to a law Menendez says codifies racial profiling.
Leaving aside the fact that he is ignorant of what the law does and does not codify – racial profiling is specifically outlawed – as the head of the DSCC, Menendez presumably speaks for Democratic Senate candidates, including Arizona’s Rodney Glassman. Does Tuscon City Council member Glassman support Menendez’s aim to deny Arizona millions in tourism and advertising dollars, not to mention the free exposure that hosting the mid-summer classic would bring in these tough economic times? Or does he side with the 64% of Arizona likely voters who favor the law?
Moreover, illegal immigration is a problem nationwide, not just in Arizona. Democrats running in other states must have a position on the law. Do Democratic Senate candidates endorse Menedez’s call to essentially ignore illegal immigration in their states, leaving it up to a federal government that has shirked its responsibility to secure the border? Or do Democrat candidates side with the 60% of likely voters nationally who support local enforcement of immigration status? Maybe they should be asked.
Sen. Menendez has just made campaigning a little more difficult for Democrats.