Two girls making an early-morning gas station run in northern Montana on Wednesday were apparently questioned at length by a Border Patrol officer plainly because they were speaking Spanish.
Ana Suda, 37, who said she was picking up eggs and milk with a friend, embarked recording the meeting and requested the polouse why he had requested their determining in the parking lot.
“It’s the fact that it has to do with you guys addressing Spanish in the supermarket, in a state where it’s chiefly English-speaking, ” the man, who recognized himself in the video as “Agent O’Neal, ” told the women.
There are no shows in the video that the detective had incarcerated the status of women, or that the meeting was involuntary. Harmonizing to Suda, the chapter lasted more than thirty minutes.
While the Border Patrol can ordinarily exclusively deport stops away from the border upon idea of international crimes, detectives are free to have voluntary interactions with souls, so long as they reasonably understand they are free to go at any time.
Both wives are reportedly U.S. citizens, and Suda told The Washington Post she is planning to contact the ACLU in contemplation of a lawsuit against the Border Patrol.
The agency said it will review the incident, which undid in Havre, Mont ., near the border with Canada, The Post reported.
“I was so embarrassed … being outside in the gas station, and everybody’s looking at you like you’re doing something wrong, ” Suda told The Post. “I don’t conclude expressing Spanish is something criminal, you know? Your best friend, she started crying. She didn’t stop crying in the truck. And I told her, “were not going” doing anything wrong.”