Video of San Francisco teacher Shane Parmely refusing to answer questions from a border patrol officer has gone viral. Parmely has since explained that her act of disobedience was in solidarity with her friends who say they have had children aggressively interrogated by agents, according to CBS.
Parmely was stopped at a checkpoint in New Mexico, where she was asked about her citizenship status.
"I'm passing (on) a federally-funded highway, driving, minding my own business. And I get pulled over and asked if I'm a citizen," she can be heard saying in the video, which was later posted to Facebook.
"Am I free to go, or are you detaining me?" she asked agents after being shown a card which listed immigration laws.
Parmely has later said she was detained for an hour and a half. She was eventually let go without answering their question.
“Enforcing racist laws perpetuates institutional racism,” Parmely explained in a comment on Facebook. “I’m sick of helping perpetuate racist laws just because I’m not inconvenienced by them.”
Border Patrol has since responded to the situation with the following statement: "Border Patrol checkpoints are critical tool for the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. At a Border Patrol checkpoint, an agent may question a vehicle's occupants about their citizenship, place of birth, and request document proof of immigration status, how legal status was obtained and make quick observations of what is in plain view in the interior of the vehicle. During the course of the immigration inspection, if an occupant refuse to answer an agent's questions, the agent may detain the driver for a reasonable amount of time until he or she can make a determination regarding the occupant's immigration status. It is agency policy that all individuals with whom we interact are treated with dignity and respect."
The videos of the interaction have garnered thousands of views on social media.
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