Milwaukee supervisor: Arizona is "a ways removed from the border"

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- In supporting a boycott of Arizona, Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West announced her belief that, unlike Texas, Arizona is not a border state, describing it as "a ways removed from the border."

The comment was made during a June 24 discussion regarding a potential boycott over Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial new anti-illegal-immigration law that will go into effect in a month.

West, a Democrat who was named the 2004 Hispanic Woman of the Year by UMOS, Inc., later said she misspoke. Video from the meeting has since hit the Internet and gone viral.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R, Ariz.) reportedly sent West a map so she could see Arizona's actual proximity to the border. He also suggested she read the law in its entirety.

"I did get a passing grade in Geography in high school and in college and I do obviously know that Arizona is on the border," West said in an interview after the meeting, reported

West said was trying to point out that Arizona's border with Mexico is smaller than that in Texas. She also mentioned the National Guard troops on the border in Arizona.

As for the decision on whether Milwaukee County will do business with Arizona companies, it hasn't been made. The board sent the measure back to a committee.