IL-D Rep. Luis Gutierrez on the House floor with a quiz in protest of the Supreme Court decision to uphold a provision of Arizona’s controversial SB1070 immigration law that allows for an officer to inquire about a person’s country of origin if they have a reasonable suspicion that they may be from another country.
But what could you possibly use to determine if someone is reasonably suspicious of being an undocumented immigrant?
Keep in mind that no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (U.S. Constitution)
So tell me, how do you then determine who is a reasonably suspicious undocumented immigrant without abridging the privileges or immunites of citizens of the Unites States or denying a person the equal protections of the laws?
It seems impossible to me. I don’t understand why the Supreme Court isn’t able to forsee a discrimination problem here. There will surely be another case, this time a discrimination case, to follow. Then maybe the court will see. Unless congress acts first.