U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana | American Civil Liberties Union

Cody Wofsy, Staff Attorney, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
& Caitlin Borgmann, Executive Director, ACLU of Montana

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This detention violated Ana and Mimi’s constitutional rights. The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on their behalf. Speaking Spanish is not against the law. In fact, there is no official language in the United States — Americans speak hundreds of different languages. Over 40 million U.S. citizens speak Spanish at home with their families, and tens of millions more speak Spanish as a secondary language. And Montana, like the rest of the country, is increasingly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and language.
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