In 2017, a series of controversial billboards began appearing in Los Angeles, including the one above.
The billboard, which was a response to the recent shooting of a black man by a white officer, featured a white man and an image of a large, black man standing together with a caption reading “We’re all in this together.”
The controversial billboard was condemned by several prominent political figures including California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The billboard was eventually removed after criticism from both sides of the aisle, but its effect on the political landscape remains.
A month after the billboard went up, President Donald Trump signed a controversial executive order aimed at dismantling the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to receive work permits and eventually citizenship.
The new executive order, which Trump signed on Monday, temporarily blocked all new DACA recipients from receiving work permits.
In total, the executive order has already been halted by federal courts, but Trump has yet to make good on the threat to end the program, and some Republicans in Congress are calling for a second round of legislative action to end DACA.
In January, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that requires businesses to ask all prospective employees whether they are in the country legally and provide them with the chance to prove it.
California’s law was not the first time the state has tried to crack down on the practice.
In 2014, the state passed a law that made it a misdemeanor to be in the United Kingdom without proper documentation, a provision that has been used to prosecute some of the state’s largest employers.
In a statement to ABC News, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said the billboard’s message is not a joke.
“The billboard does not show any irony, or anything that is meant to be humorous.
It is intended to drive home a point about the illegality of our immigration system and to send a message that employers should be able to discriminate against immigrants, regardless of their status,” said ACLU of Southern CA Legal Director Michelle Richardson.”
It is a violation of the California constitution, and it is a reminder that California’s immigration system is failing its people.”