Here’s a strong statement from Robert Sarver on behalf of the Phoenix Suns denouncing Arizona’s new immigration law:
“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law. However intended, the result of passing this 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.”
Phoenix’s star, Steve Nash, is of course an immigrant from Canada. On the team they’re playing in the second round Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the second- and third-best players on the team are also immigrants, from Argentina and France. In general, it says good things about the National Basketball Association that foreigners with top-notch basketball skills generally want to come here and play. And the flow of foreign talent to our shores makes the NBA a better product—indeed, an iconic global brand that’s marketed internationally as a U.S. export.