It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama, the Associated Press reports. The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state’s new law on illegal immigration.

“They told them, `You shouldn’t be winning. You should go back to Mexico,'” said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn’t want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally…

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