No one is safe in today’s hyper-connected 24-hour news cycle, a vicious world where even the most obscure and absurd local story will suffer the fate of national attention — and ridicule. Peggy West, who sits on the Milwaukee Board of Supervisors, is the latest victim. While most just get knocked around by snarky bloggers and unforgiving pundits, last week’s victim made it all the way to the U.S. Senate. While debating last week whether the city of Milwaukee should end business relations with Arizona over the state’s new immigration law, West argued that Arizona’s law was unacceptable because she said the state did not share a border with foreign country nor did it have a problem with illegal immigration.
“If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this,” West said during a public meeting. “But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”
Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl wrote to West informing her that his home state did in fact share a border with Mexico and that it would do her well to read the law and learn some geography before spouting off about the issue again. Kyl even enclosed a map that he printed from an online atlas with Arizona highlighted and a giant blue arrow pointing to the border state with the word “Arizona” boldly underlined.
Image source: L.A. Times Blog.