Woman detained after refusing to answer questions at Border Patrol checkpoint

A woman from San Diego was detained by Border Patrol at a checkpoint in New Mexico after she refused to answer the agents' questions about her citizenship.

Shane Parmely posted a series of videos and detailed what happened on her Facebook page. 

The first video, which can be seen below, has been viewed over 300,000 times and shared hundreds of times.


At the start of the video filmed from the backseat of the car, one of the officials can be heard saying, "Citizens," and then Shane asks, “Are we crossing a border?”

The agent responds, "No, are you United States citizens?"
"Are we crossing a border?" Shane asks again. She continues by saying she's never been asked if she's a citizen when traveling down the road.
She continues speaking with the agents saying that she does not have to answer their questions and asks them what law requires her to answer.
The official then says she's being detained.
Local media cited a statement from Border Patrol that said in part: "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. During the course of the immigration inspection, if an occupant refuses to answer an agent’s questions, the agent may detain the driver for a reasonable amount of time."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the family was eventually released without having to answer questions.

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