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Women speaking Spanish in Montana settle border patrol lawsuit

Two U.S. citizens have settled a lawsuit with Customs and Border Protection after they were detained by a Border Patrol agent who heard them speaking Spanish at a convenience store in Havre, Montana, and demanded that they show identification.

The monetary settlement was announced on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernandez, alleging their constitutional rights were violated.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed at the request of the two women, said Cody Wofsy, a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in San Francisco. 

The case shows that the attitudes of some agents in the Border Patrol are “completely out of step” with the growing number of Spanish speakers in all parts of the United States, Wofsy said.




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