Representative Luis Gutierrez proved he was up on pop culture (and knows how to grab viewers' attention) Wednesday when talking about Arizona immigration law SB1070 and racial profiling, reports the Huffington Post. In a speech, the pro-immigration reform congressman referenced the teen power-couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. No kidding.
"For our young C-SPAN [viewers]: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez," he said on the House floor. "These young people have overcome their very different national origins and became apparently a happy couple. I’m sure Justin helped Gomez learn all about American customs and feel more at home in her adopted country."
"Oh wait a minute, I’m sorry," he stated. "Because I’m not a trained Arizona official, I somehow got that backwards. Actually, Ms. Gomez, of Texas, has helped Mr. Bieber, of Canada, learn all about his adopted country. Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers."
The “papers, please” provision, as it’s been nicknamed, is the provision that wasn’t struck down in the Supreme Court on Monday. In this provision, police can ask for the immigration status of anyone who they believe might be undocumented.
"We could play this game all day," he said. "But 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."
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