There is an all out war being waged against Arizona for daring to stop illegal aliens from terrorizing the state. When you have a situation where states and cities are refusing to do business with companies that reside in Arizona, it effects the entire economy of the United States, not just Arizona.
The idiots behind this war should be run out of town on a rail. These are elected officials that are deliberately attacking the economy of a state without understanding the nations implications. Highland Park school officials should be the first to go.
Highland Park High School officials amid national media scrutiny today released a letter that it sent to parents that states that its decision to cancel a girls’ basketball team’s trip to Arizona “is not a political statement regarding the State of Arizona’s recently enacted legislation regarding immigration.”
School District 113 Supt. George Fornero, who has declined to comment on the issue, released the letter today to quell controversy after former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin ridiculed the district in a public speech in Rosemont Wednesday.
Fornero wrote that, because the district contains a diverse student population, “we cannot commit at this time to playing at a venue where some of our students’ safety or liberty might be placed at risk because of state immigration law.”
The district does not yet know the make-up of its varsity team, which has not been selected for the next school year, officials said. The trip to compete in a basketball tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., was scheduled for December.
Sue Hebson, assistant superintendent, also wrote in an e-mailed response to questions: “Since undocumented students may be participating on any of our extracurricular teams, we need to ensure that all of our students can travel safely, especially in the United States. This is not a theoretical issue to us, it is intensely practical.”
Fornero in his letter also clarified that the basketball team has not qualified for a national championship tournament. “Rather they were striving to find a venue for next season that would stretch them and serve to unify the group as a team.”
He also stated: “While I am sure that with a complex issue such as this, reasonable people can disagree on a decision, it is essential that the community understand that our primary motivation is to show care and concern for all of our students. Ensuring equality for all is a fundamental value for District 113.”