Wisconsin politician argues that Arizona is not a border state during immigration debate.

Monday, June 28, 2010 - 3:45pm

A county supervisor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is facing criticism over her remarks on Arizona's new immigration law.

County Supervisor Peggy West apparently got a little confused about where Arizona was on the map while pushing a measure to boycott the state.

"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 the borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border," West said.

Arizona, of course, is a border state.

The gaffe isn't sitting well with many Arizona residents.

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl sent west a letter complete with a map highlighting Arizona.

Jokes aside, Debbie Johnson from the Arizona Travel Alliance says misinformation is costing Arizona more than $12 million in tourism, and much more in business.

"Understanding the law, and the real challenges of the boycott, its not the politicians that it hurts its the 200,000 families that get that paycheck from tourism that it hurts," she says.
 

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