"Anticipated release of Mitchell Report could have unintended consequences for foreign players."
A NY Times article discusses the further implications beyond possible 50 game suspensions for foreign born players with a Washington DC immigration lawyer, Robert Hill. He says players that claim to have not used steroids and then found through evidence to have lied, could be permanently denied visas to enter the US and play baseball. This could also affect their family members as well. Players that are found to have shared steroids with other players or introduced them to people or places to obtain steroids could be viewed by the US Consular's Office as technically trafficking in the drug.
The article reports that in the three years of the testing program, the majority of players suspended were foreign born. It points out that while there have been no deportations in the past or ungranted visas, the media attention the Mitchell Report will attract (not to mention the hot immigration issue during a major campaign season) could focus increased scrutiny on players' resident visa status. Will some of our favorite Dominican Republic players not be around for the 2007 season?