Luis V. Guiterrez (D-IL) took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday to attack Arizona lawmakers over their use of their controversial “Show Me Your Papers” law.
The law allows law enforcement officers to stop anyone they believe is in the country illegally and then ask them to provide documentation for their legal status.
Guiterrez decided to play a game called “pick out the immigrant in which he showed photos of Justin Bieber, Jeremy Lin and Geraldo Rivera and asked officials to pick out the immigrant.
Clearly angered (see the video below) Gutierrez chastised the law and the Supreme Court who recently ruled in favor for parts of the Show Me Your Papers law. As he explains:
“In Arizona today, all that stands between you and a legal nightmare is whether a police officer feels there is a reasonable suspicion to inquire about your country of origin. Yet, Arizona politicians will tell you with a straight face no less, that they can apply this law without using racial profiling.”
After asking everyone in attendance to pick out the immigrant he concluded:
“The point is simple … the idea that any government official can determine who belongs in America and who doesn’t simply by looking at them is completely ridiculous, unfair and un-American … and yet this absurdity is the law of Arizona.”
Here’s the full speech Luis V. Guiterrez gave to members in the House of Representatives:
Do you think Guiterrez has a valid point?