The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday issued a press release filled with GIFs of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Britney Spears to promote a Republican-sponsored immigration bill.
The press release trumpeted how a bill known as the Michael J. Davis, Jr. in Honor Of State And Local Law Enforcement Act would allow local and state law enforcement to take federal immigration law into their own hands.
“Right now, one single person – the President of the United States – can turn off the enforcement of our immigration laws unilaterally. For real,” the press release read.
“And that’s just what President Obama has done,” it continued. “Since he’s the boss of federal immigration enforcement officers, he’s told them to stop enforcing our immigration laws.”
One GIF included in the press release dubbed it “not cool” that Obama’s executive actions on immigration would encourage illegal migration to the U.S.:
Vox reported that the bill would also give law enforcement broader power to deport immigrants. The bill would turn being in the U.S. without papers into a criminal rather than civil offense, as well as eliminate low-priority deportation designations for, say, undocumented parents of children who are U.S. citizens, according to the news outlet.
Given that context, it’s notable that all 10 GIFs included in the press release depicted white characters or celebrities.
Image via House Judiciary Committee.