[Ed. – The teacher is apparently not “Hispanic/Latino.” She’s just combative and misguided. Apparently she doesn’t get out much; in SoCal, you encounter CBP checkpoints fairly often if you drive much outside your own little burg. In fact, they’ve resumed operating checkpoints that were closed down for years during the Obama administration. Last time I went through one, the agent questioning me was kind of apologetic, but I just told him I was glad to see him doing his job.]
A San Diego middle school teacher refused to answer a border patrol agent’s question regarding her citizenship at a New Mexico checkpoint and was briefly detained. Her family members recorded the incident that has since gone viral, with her proclamation that “enforcing racist laws perpetuates institutional racism.”
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Shane Parmely was driving through New Mexico when she was stopped at an immigration checkpoint–a common setup within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern border states. Then the following exchange took place:
“Citizens?” an agent asked her as she drove up to the checkpoint.
“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely responded.
“No. Are you United States citizens?” he repeated.
“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely repeated. “I’ve never been asked if I’m a citizen before when I’m traveling down the road.”
As the agent continued to repeat his question, Parmely told him that he could ask her the question, but she didn’t have to answer.
“You are required to answer an immigration question,” the agent said. “You are not required to answer any other questions.”