Illinois high school basketball team to skip Arizona tournament - KMOV.com

Illinois high school basketball team to skip Arizona tournament

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) -- School administrators say the Highland Park High School girls basketball team will skip a tournament in Arizona because of safety concerns and concerns over the state's new immigration law.

District 113 assistant superintendent Suzan Hebson says the trip "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values." Among other provisions, the Arizona law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

Players in the Chicago suburb had been selling cookies to raise money to travel to the December tournament. They found out about the decision Monday.

Some parents say they're frustrated, with parent Cynde Munzer saying the girls "don't want to get involved in politics." Hebson says the school couldn't guarantee the players would be "included and be safe and be able to enjoy the experience."

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