Baseball, Arizona and Immigration Set to Collide

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About 150 young men from Latin America, most from the Dominican Republic, have been quietly drawn into the immigration fray this week. They're participating in Major League Baseball's Arizona Rookie League, one of several showcases for young talent staged around the nation each year.

This year, however, the coaching and instruction they'll receive extends well beyond the diamond. Last week, The Associated Press reported that Latino players scheduled to appear in the league were given IDs and paperwork verifying their status as ballplayers, and were being told to carry both with them at all times.

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