SAN DIEGO – Border Patrol agents, who get rather submissive responses from the people they usually confront in the course of their tiresome duties, were apparently in for a huge shock. When Border Patrol agents usually ask people about their nationality, either they get a direct yes or no as answer and on being asked to furnish details, not many people ask any question before furnishing details.
But Border Patrol agents realized that all the people are not made of the same clay this past week, when they asked their oft-repeated questioned to a San Diego teacher. The lady teacher at a checkpoint in New Mexico was asked if she was an American citizen. The question, her response and their tense confrontation that was saved in video on a mobile phone has gone viral.
The woman who was later identified as a San Diego mother and middle school teacher, Shane Parmely, didn’t answer the question.
Instead of answering the official, the woman can be heard saying, “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 seen turning to the backseat and wondering alound, “I’m not answering.”
If that was not enough the middle aged woman tells the agent, “You can ask me. I don’t have to answer.”
While this back and forth question answer was ongoing, the teacher’s family filmed the incident, which was later posed on her Facebook account in the form of short clippings. Since being posted, the videos are going viral since being posted online. Parmely told Border Patrol agents that she believed she did not have to answer their questions. One agent showed her a card listing immigration law and a Supreme Court case decision that give Border Patrol agents authority to operate checkpoints within 100 miles of the border and to ask questions about citizenship without warrants.
Later the agent told her as a matter of fact “You are required to answer an immigration question…You are not required to answer any other questions.”
She was detained when she refused to answer the question.
When the agent said she was being detained, she still shot off another question. “So if I just come through and say, ‘Yes, I’m a citizen,’ I can just go ahead?” asked she. “If the agent is justified by the answer, then yes,” the agent responded.
Even this didn’t stop the conversation. “So if I have an accent, and I’m brown, can I just say, ‘Yes,’ and go ahead or do I have to prove it?…I have a bunch of teacher friends who are sick of their kids being discriminated against.”