Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2010]
Origins: In June 2010, Los Angeles County "became the latest government body to boycott Arizona to protest the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration":
Several California cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, have passed similar measures.
The Arizona law, set to go into effect July 29 , requires police enforcing another law to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.
Supervisor Gloria Molina said the law "goes too far."
"I am sworn as an L.A. County supervisor to uphold the Constitution. All I can say is that I believe that Arizona's law is unconstitutional," she said.
U.S. Justice Department officials have drafted a legal challenge asserting that Arizona's law is unconstitutional because it intrudes on the federal government's authority to guard the nation's borders.
Probably not coincidentally, immediately before this billboard image began circulating, a letter to the editor from a Phoenix resident was published in the Arizona Republic advocating the very idea depicted above:
- John Forster, Phoenix
The Arizona Republic. "Here's an Idea for a Great Billboard." 26 May 2010. Associated Press. "LA County Boycotts Arizona Over Immigration Law." 2 June 2010.