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SB 1070 Quiz: "Spot the Immigrant," Courtesy of Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Let's all play Sand Land's new favorite game...

Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez is freaking cool. A passionate pro-immigrant advocate and enemy of nativist goobers everywhere, the guy also has a sense of humor, as evidenced by his appearance on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning to introduce a rival to Pictionary: Spot the Immigrant.

Gutierrez is here playing off the language of the section 2(b) of Senate Bill 1070, the section that survived U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny, for now. 

The passage requires cops, for all lawful stops, to inquire into a person's immigration status, if "reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States."

Just how a police officer uses that rationale is where the profiling component rears its head. 

Defenders of 1070 will give you some mush about how the "reasonable suspicion" will be the totality of the circumstances involved, but we all know that cops are going to operate off of what they can readily identify, like, brown skin, a Latino surname or a Spanish accent.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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