An Illinois high school says it’s denying its girls’ basketball team the opportunity to play in an Arizona basketball tournament over the Grand Canyon State’s new immigration law.
Parents in Illinois are outraged over a move by a local high school to scrap its girls basketball team’s trip to Arizona over the Grand Canyon State’s new immigration law.
The Highland Park High School varsity basketball team has been selling cookies for months to raise money for a tournament in Arizona.
Now, after winning their first conference title in 26 years, the girls are being denied the opportunity to play in the tournament because their school had some safety concerns — and determined the trip “would not be aligned” with its “beliefs and values,” Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson told the Chicago Tribune.
Parents said there was no vote or consultation regarding the decision, which they called confusing, especially since they say no players on the team are illegal immigrants.
The father of one of the players also expressed confusion over the school’s approval of a student trip to China.
“The beliefs and values of China are apparently aligned since they approved that trip. … I mean, I don’t understand that reasoning. I really don’t,” Michael Evans told Fox News.
One player who said she is against the Arizona law told Fox News she didn’t see how the tournament was related.
“It’s ultimately the state’s decision, no matter what I think. Not playing basketball in Arizona is not going to change anything,” she said.
For now, Hebson says, Arizona is off-limits, due to uncertainty over how the state’s new law, which makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, will be enforced.
“We would want to ensure that all of our students had the opportunity to be included and be safe and be able to enjoy the experience,” Hebson told the Tribune about the tournament, scheduled for December. “We wouldn’t necessarily be able to guarantee that.”