The sprayed mood did not last long, but some officials in the city of Iowa fear that this is a sign of a smoldering grudge for immigrants, which has become more public recently.
The red paint stained both directions on Thursday on a two-lane road on the south side of the city.
"These actions are unfortunate and do not accord with Des Moines spirit of compassion," said Mayor Frank Cownie. "Such actions have no place in our city."
A city worker paints the words later in the day. The city tweeted a photo of the graffiti removal using the hashtag #NotInOurCity
The painted message came during a new wave of events following the assassination of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student. She was kidnapped while jogging in rural Iowa in July, killed and dumped in a cornfield. The suspect is an undocumented male immigrant, the authorities said.
He should never have been in the country, argues one side. Others complain that these people are politicizing Tibbetts death, and they should focus on male violence.
In the middle is a Latino community in which nervousness and fear have grown.
His comments were triggered by a story about a robocall that targets Latinos and seems to come from a group outside the state. The call, according to KCCI says Tibbetts was killed by an "invader from Mexico". The voice on the call says America should only be white.
In the Latino There are other signs of nervousness in Iowa communities
In the days following the arrest of the man who is supposed to kill Tibbet, two local festivals celebrating Latino culture have been postponed.
One group called their death a reason for the cancellation of events. The event co-ordinators of the Iowa City Latino Festival said they mourn their deaths and have affected the entire community.
On Thursday, some Latino groups held a watch for the Tibbetts family on the Capitol Steps in Des Moines.
"We want to make sure they understand that our community is a great community that wants to give them love and support and be there for them in their need," organizer Zuli Garcia told KCCI.
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"Especially for those of you who did not know her in life, you can not take Mollie and her legacy for your racist, false narration, now that she is no longer with us," wrote Sandi Tibbettts Murphy in a since deleted Facebook post. "We hereby demand our Mollie back."
At Tibbet's funeral last Sunday, her father, Rob Tibbetts, pointed to the growing anti-migration strain and said, "The Hispanic community is Iowan's, they have the same values as Iowan's," the Des Moines Register said. "As far as I'm concerned, they're Iowans with better food."
The Conservatives have firmly linked Tibbetts death with the illegal status of their alleged murderer.
Following the news of her death, the White House began using the case as a topic of discussion for the revision of immigration law.
"Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now completely separated from her family," said President Donald Trump, speaking on a video he tweeted. "One person came illegally from Mexico and killed them, we need the wall, we need to change our immigration laws, we need to change our border laws, we need the Republicans to do that, because the Democrats will not do it."
The president's namesake said in a commentary released Friday in the Des Moines Register that the accusation that Republicans would politicize Tibbetts death is an "absurd claim."
He He urged the Iowans to reject the Democrats, whom he described as" heartless "and" despicable "and more interested in an open border than in the lives of Americans.
Rob Tibbetts wrote an entry in the register on Saturday English: www.germnews.com/archive/eng/1995/02/. 11.html The family again appeals to politicians to stop using their deaths in the immigration debate.
The police have no arrests in the graffiti case. Henry, the leader of the Latino community, said he wanted to meet with US officials Department of Justice talks to see if the robocalls will justify a hate crime case, according to KCCI.
CNN's Steve Almasy has contributed to this report.