Latinos are increasingly finding it harder to get back into the U.S. after traveling abroad. They report feeling discriminated against by Border Patrol agents based on their darker skin tone, Latino features, accent and Latin American passports.
Meanwhile, their lighter-skinned counterparts are getting processed more quickly and efficiently. Take the case of Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez, who were born in Texas and California, respectively, but were still detained by Border Patrol agents in Montana. Their so-called crime? Speaking Spanish.
Social justice sued the agency on the women’s behalf but they say they were humiliated and no longer feel safe in their own country. They’re not the only ones who feel this way. Joining them is a 19-year-old Latino named Robert who in a study said a CBP Office of Field Operations officer mocked his heart issue which causes his hands to shake uncontrollably.
This increased scrutiny at the border is a result of President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. Respect is a two-way street.
And while that may be true, that’s not keeping nuestra gente from practicing extra caution while traveling.