Two women who were detained when they were heard speaking Spanish in a small Montana town by the United States’ Border Patrol, have settled their claim with the agency, according to reports.
The women, Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez, were said to have settled for an undisclosed amount, after a lawsuit was submitted against US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who acted on the women’s behalf.
In a statement released through the ACLU, which had taken the CBP to court over the matter in 2019, they said they were proud to be bilingual and that the US Border Patrol needed to reassess its policies.
“We stood up to the government because speaking Spanish is not a reason to be racially profiled and harassed,” said Ms Suda. “I hope that as a result of this case, CBP takes a hard look at its policies and practices. No one else should ever have to go through this again.”