Informative Billboards in the Southwest

By Robert Kyser
Volume 15, Number 3 (Spring 2005)
Issue theme: "Facing our geo-destiny: honoring the work of geologist Walter Youngquist"

The weekly Tombstone (AZ) Tumbleweed on March 31,2005 published a picture of activist Bob Park next to a sign he erected on Highway 80 north of Tombstone.

The caption under the picture in the Tumbleweed said the "signs herald the voice of Americans fed up with the hypocrisy of the Bush Administration's failed homeland security policies. The signs welcomed hundreds of Minutemen volunteers, supporters, and members of the national and international media who converged on Tombstone for the [Minuteman Project] registration and orientation meetings."

The Minuteman Project, which drew hundreds of citizens to the Arizona-Mexico border for the purpose of demonstrating how the flow of illegal aliens from Mexico could be reduced with the proper manpower, was written up in the New York Times on April 1, 2005 (p.A-12). The story included a picture of the sign seen over Park's shoulder above.

Park, founder of the Article IV Section 4 Foundation [referring to the "invasion" clause in the U.S. Constitution], has placed a 400 square foot billboard on Interstate 40, about 35 miles east of Albuquerque, NM (see below). A 3' x 12' banner, taking its design from the New Mexico sign was displayed at the speakers' stand at the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" rally produced by D. A. King across from the White House on April 25, 2005.

A Coast Guard veteran and former Border Patrol agent, Park has created a website which is starting to find notice and is accumulating responses from veterans around the country. Park, who retired from the INS in 1979, has been active in other campaigns related to immigration and the maintenance of English as the official language of the U.S.

About the author

Robert Kyser is Managing Editor of The Social Contract.