[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/06/phoenix.suns.gi.art.jpg caption="The Phoenix Suns wear 'Los Suns' jerseys on Cinco de Mayo in response to an immigration law recently passed in Arizona."]
By Carol Costello, CNN
(CNN) – The world of politics is colliding with the world of sports over Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.
Last night, there were more protests at the Arizona Diamondbacks game and the Phoenix Suns took to the court wearing jerseys reading “Los Suns” to show team solidarity with Latinos.
Politicians, like New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson, are debating the law, not just on CNN, but on ESPN too.
Time for a Gut Check: Should basketball or baseball or any other pro sports team get involved in politics?
Steve Nash, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, says yes. “We have a lot of love. Latino fans. We have Latino players on both teams. And unfortunately that's the group that seems to be targeted by this bill. And it's a shame.”
The Arizona law is designed to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. It allows police officers to ask people "for papers" proving legal residency. Critics say it will lead to racial profiling.
Not all Arizona sports teams are overtly taking sides in the controversy over the bill. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona's baseball team is not taking an overt political stance, despite the fact its managing partner, Ken Kendrick, personally opposes the law.
Some politicians outside of Arizona wish Kendrick and all of baseball would take a stand.
New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano wants Major League Baseball to pull the All-Star Game out of Arizona in 2011. "You can’t on one hand talk about the diversity in baseball and celebrate it – and we should celebrate it – and then say we should discriminate against 40 percent of the organized players in baseball.”
Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, has no comment on the matter now, but sources tell CNN Selig will eventually say something about the controversy.
We want to know what you think: Should Selig speak out? Should pro sports teams jump into politics?