Now It’s “Racist” for Border Agents to Ask You if You’re a Citizen?

A middle school teacher is making a big fuss because she was pulled over and detained by Border Patrol agents last week in New Mexico, less than 100 miles from the border. Shane Parmely was incensed that the agents asked her if she was a U.S. citizen, as it is their right to do. In fact, she was so incensed that she refused to do so and began accusing the agents of violating the law, harassing her and her family, and engaging in racial discrimination. The agents, accustomed as they must be to white liberal women and their theories about the law, maintained their cool and eventually let Parmely go on her way. Now this idiot, clearly with too much time on her hands this summer, is telling anyone who will listen about how she was oppressed.

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

“Citizens?” an agent asked her as she drove up to the checkpoint.

“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely responded.

“No. Are you United States citizens?” he repeated.

“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely repeated. “I’ve never been asked if I’m a citizen before when I’m traveling down the road.”

As the agent continued to repeat his question, Parmely told him that he could ask her the question, but she didn’t have to answer.

“You are required to answer an immigration question,” the agent said. “You are not required to answer any other questions.”

When Parmely refused to answer the question, the agent told her that she was being detained for an immigration inspection.

“So if I just come through and say, ‘Yes, I’m a citizen,’ I can just go ahead?” Parmely asked.

“If the agent is justified by the answer, then yes,” the agent responded.

“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?” she asked. “I have a bunch of teacher friends who are sick of their kids being discriminated against.”

“Ok, I’m not discriminating against anybody,” the agent said.

Parmely was lucky to draw an agent with considerable patience, that’s all we’ll say. She should be ashamed of herself for draining federal resources with her nonsensical line in the sand. Instead, she’s all over Facebook comparing herself to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Immigration laws protect all of us, Parmely included. Sometimes the price you pay for a society with laws is that sometimes you’re going to be inconvenienced by the men and women we pay to enforce them. You can do your part by submitting to their (lawful, reasonable) requests, thanking them for their service, and moving along with your damn day.

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