Updated 07/31/2010 01:49 PM
Citi Field Becomes Battleground For Immigration Debate
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As protests over Arizona's immigration law heat up in the city, a federal appeals court says it will step into the battle later this year.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says this November it will hear a challenge by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who appealed a judge's ruling blocking the law's toughest sections.
That would give the state time to make changes to the legislation, which Brewer says she is considering.
Meanwhile, protestors gathered outside Citi Field in Flushing, Queens on Friday, where the Arizona Diamondbacks opened a weekend series with the New York Mets.
During the seventh inning, two men were arrested for running out onto the field carrying Mexican flags.
Diamondback outfielder Cole Gillespie told NY1 that the baseball team has nothing to do with Arizona's law.
"Just because we're from that state, they think that we represent that whole idea and notion. They're going to want to protest us, but again, there's nothing we can do, it's out of our control," said Gillespie. "And all we can do is go out there and play."
Protesters said the demonstration at Citi Field was part of a growing national movement.
"The Diamondbacks are symbolic, but more importantly we're telling Major League Baseball that they should follow its tradition of diversity, its tradition of respect," said a protester.
"We're happy that more and more people understand this and are protesting it not only here, but all over the country," said another protester.
Some demonstrators also handed out leaflets asking Major League Baseball to move next year's All-Star game out of Phoenix.
Yesterday, protests were held all over the country, including here in the city. Hundreds of demonstrators walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to a rally at Foley Square.