In mid-2005, "Save Our State", an anti-illegal immigration group based in Ventura County, launched a series of protests against Danza Indigenas, outdoor artwork at the station by Chicana artist Judy Baca. The monument bears several engraved statements whose origins are not attributed. At issue was one particular inscription – It was better before they came – that Save Our State claimed was directed against Anglo whites. In fact, according to Baca, that sentence was uttered by an Anglo white Baldwin Park politician in the 1950s; he was lamenting the influx of persons of Mexican ancestry into the San Gabriel Valley following World War II. The protests drew counter-protesters, and required city expenditure on crowd control and riot police, an admitted goal of Save Our State.