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One week after a prominent New York lawyer, Mr. Aaron Schlossberg, erupted in a racist rant against employees of a Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue for speaking Spanish amongst each other, another questionable incident was recorded and later released on social media to great avail.
It happened in the state of Montana at a gas station, where two women were held and questioned as to their identity by a border patrol agent, for speaking Spanish to each other.
The women, 37-year-old Ms Ana Suda and her friend Mimi Hernandez, had gone to a gas station late in the evening (in Havre, Montana) to buy eggs and milk. The two women, who are both Mexican American, spoke briefly in Spanish to each other whilst waiting in line to pay.
At this moment, the border patrol agent at the gas station walks up to them and demands for their identification. The women start recording the conversation as from this point. They can be heard asking the patrol agent why he asked them for their identification.
The border patrol agent: “Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here, and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here.”
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Ms Suda then asks whether she and her friend are being racially profiled, to which the border patrol agent responds: “It has nothing to do with that.”
“It’s the fact that it has to do with you guys speaking Spanish in the store, in a state where it’s predominantly English-speaking.”
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Ms Suda claims that the couple was detained for half an hour
“My friend, she started crying,” Ms Suda explained afterwards. “She didn’t stop crying in the truck. And I told her, we are not doing anything wrong.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reacted to the fuss the video made online afterward, stating: “Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents have broad law enforcement authorities and are not limited to a specific geography within the United States.”
“They have the authority to question individuals, make arrests, and take and consider evidence.”