Dem county supervisor: Arizona’s law might have been justifiable if it was a border state

posted at 10:11 pm on June 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Innocent Bystanders, high drama from today’s board hearing in Milwaukee about whether to boycott the new reich in Phoenix. Meet Peggy West:

There was an odd moment during the debate when Supervisor Peggy West stood up and seemed to be confused about her geography. “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. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border,” West said during debate…

While speaking at the meeting, West did go on to talk about National Guard troops on the border in Arizona. West points to that as she tells us that she simply misspoke…

West claims that the point she was trying to make is that because Texas has a much larger border with Mexico, she might feel differently about such a law in that state. “Had Texas come out with the legislation, having the largest border, I think that I would be more receptive to the fact that there was a problem. But having it be Arizona, having it be the second largest boarder and knowing there are troops on the border in Arizona, it didn’t seem to me that this legislation was particularly necessary at this moment in time,” West said.

Yeah, that’s a gallant try at damage control, but the part about Arizona being “a ways removed from the border” is kind of problematic, huh?

Anyhoo. Does this person really think that having a token force of National Guardsmen at the border somehow solves Arizona’s problem, particularly when they’re not authorized to stop illegals? And what’s the business near the end about Jan Brewer having a direct pipeline to Obama? When she first asked to meet with him, he turned her down; then, when he did meet with her, he made a pledge of new resources that he evidently has no intention of keeping. Exit question: Did West read anything about this issue before pushing for a boycott?


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I can understand why someone who didn’t live in or around AZ or hasn’t looked at a map recently would be confused about whether AZ touched Mexico.
Jimbo3 on June 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Really? Would you consider it a little odd that West,
Named the 2004 Hispanic Woman of the Year by UMOS, Inc.
Serves on the Latina Resource Center Advisory Board.

Volunteers for UMOS, Inc. and Mexican Fiesta.

Either doesn’t know where Mexico is or doesn’t know what US States border Mexico?

DSchoen on June 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Ms. West obviously failed the same geography class that Obama (57 states) failed.

johncorn on June 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Looking at her … I bet she can find the refrigerator BLINDFOLDED !!!!!!!!

aniladesai on June 26, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Wow, this thread is still alive! Now that there’s just funny!!

bernzright777 on June 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I can understand why someone who didn’t live in or around AZ or hasn’t looked at a map recently would be confused about whether AZ touched Mexico.

Jimbo3 on June 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Perfect liberal. Maybe your president placed one of those 57 states btw. Mexico and Arizona.

Go back to school, or at least don’t make an even bigger fool of yourself on the internet.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Jimbo3 on June 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM
That makes no sense. With “Crow fly miles”

Sacramento CA. is over 500 miles from the border yet almost everyone knows California shares a border with Mexico.

Austin, Texas is 200 miles from the border.

Phoenix AZ is 110 miles from the border.

DSchoen on June 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

–Phoenix is about 180 miles from the border. The quickest route is I-10. It’s about two hours to Tucson and then about another 60 minutes to the border. (Ok, so it may three hours, not four).

Jimbo3 on June 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Lets do a little experiment. Grab any elementary school child and ask them where they think Alaska is. Many of them think that Alaska is off the coast of Southern California because that’s how many maps show it, but no one seems to tell them that that is just to save printing space.

I have seen this for myself.

gstrickler on June 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

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