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Tony La Russa backs Arizona immigration law

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 06:52 AM
ST. LOUIS -

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he supports Arizona legislation calling for tougher enforcement against illegal immigrants.

La Russa, who lives in northern California, was born in Tampa and grew up in West Tampa.

Opponents of Arizona's law have called for Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of the state.

La Russa says Arizona has a problem that the national government has failed to remedy. The manager spoke this week before a game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I'm actually a supporter of what Arizona is doing," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "If the national government doesn't fix your problem, you've got a problem. You've got to fix it yourself. That's just part of the American way."

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a state law in April requiring police officers to question a person's immigration status if there's reasonable doubt they might be in the country illegally.

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