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All-Star game becomes part of immigration fight

Sports and politics became intertwined when civil rights activists targeted the Super Bowl as they fought Arizona's refusal to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in the early 1990s.

Two decades later, Arizona is again caught in a tangle of balls and bills. The focal point this time is the state's illegal immigration laws, and the forum for dissent is Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

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A Thousand words (access required)

This photo, taken in the early 1930s, captures Phoenix near the end of a transition. The area in the foreground of the picture is now occupied by Chase Field. At the time the photo was taken, however, it was the ...

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