Border Patrol Agent detained two US citizens in Montana for speaking Spanish, lawsuit alleges

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Customs and Border Protection for detaining two U.S. citizens in Montana because they were speaking Spanish.

The organization announced the lawsuit against the federal agency in a Thursday press release that criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for promoting anti-immigrant sentiments.

U.S. citizens Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernandez were speaking Spanish at a local convenience store in Havre, Montana, when a CBP agent behind them asked where they were born, according to the press release. The women replied they were born in California and Texas. The agent asked for their driver’s licenses and detained them in his patrol car.