Illinois: Highschool girls basketball team won’t play in Arizona tournament.

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Due to the new immigration law Highland Park Highschool was denied the opportunity to play in the upcoming girls basketball tournament.

The highschool’s varsity team, who won their first conference title in 26 years, had sold cookies to raise money for the tournament and to find out they weren’t going to be able to participate hurt them.

“Arizona is off limits at least until it’s more clear how the states new law, which makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, will be enforced.” Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson said.

Parents of the students felt that denying the students didn’t make sense considering none of the players are illegal immigrants.

One of the parents questioned what beliefs and who’s values they were actually referring to.

One of the players told Fox news although she was against the Arizona law she didn’t understand what the tournament had to do with it.

Michael Evans, the father to one of the players said that the tournament was voluntary, so students could decide not to go if they were at some sort of risk, but he didn’t feel it was necessary to penalize all the girls.

On Wednesday the schools district issued a statement saying, “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.”

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