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If the NFL cares about Latino fans, why hasn’t it taken a stand on DACA? — The Undefeated

In February, the NFL warned the state of Texas that the passage of SB-6, a bill aimed at circumscribing transgender access to bathrooms and changing facilities, could affect the league’s willingness to host major sporting events in the Lone Star State.

“The NFL embraces inclusiveness,” said league spokesman Brian McCarthy. “We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard.”

With the league’s swift response to SB-6 as a blueprint, the NFL must repudiate the Trump administration’s recent elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, irrespective of its tenuous and uncertain schedule of implementation. DACA is an Obama-era initiative shielding from deportation close to 800,000 undocumented migrants brought to the United States as children. Most DACA beneficiaries are Latino, with 79 percent born in Mexico.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient and appliance repair business owner Erick Marquez holds a sign during a protest in support of the program.

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Based on the league’s professed commitment to attracting the Hispanic fan base and expanding its market in Mexico, as well as the NFL’s partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (celebrating the contributions of Latino leaders in each NFL market), anything short of an unqualified rebuke of DACA…

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