In case you haven’t heard, Arizona is mad conservative when it comes to immigration laws.
The state has just passed this “Show Me Your Papers” law, which means that if you’re driving through Arizona and a law enforcement officer thinks you might be an illegal immigrant, they can pull you over and ask to see your citizenship paperwork.
If you’re thinking to yourself how this law will result in tons of racial profiling, you and Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez feel the same way. If you are also thinking to yourself, what does this have to do with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? I’m getting there.
Gutierrez stood before the House of Representatives on Wednesday to play a game called “Pick Out the Immigrant” using famous faces. He dared his audience to look at photos of two different celebrities and decide which one is an immigrant and who is a natural born U.S. citizen.
Gutierrez pulled up photos of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
“These young people have overcome their very different national origins and became a happy couple,” says Gutierrez, “I’m sure Justin’s [maid], Gomez, learned all about national customs and felt more at home in her adopted country, oh wait, I’m sorry, I’m not a trained Arizona official, I got that backwards. Actually Ms. Gomez of Texas helped Mr. Bieber of Canada learn about HIS adopted country.”
The point Gutierrez is trying to make is that racial profiling will come into play when trying to seek out illegal immigrants. If your first instinct is that Selena Gomez is the immigrant, you might be a racist.
He also put up images of basketball stars Jeremy Lin and Tony Parker and dared the audience to pick the immigrant. It was Tony Parker, who hails from Belgium.
Is Justin Bieber helping to reverse immigration laws in Arizona?
As fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepson may sing, “Deport me, maybe.”