March 24, 2019
Julia Isabel Amparo Medina is 9 years old. She is an American citizen living in Tijuana, just across the border from San Isidro, where she goes to school. Last week, as she was being driven to school, the traffic came to a standstill, so she and her 14-year-old brother decided to walk the rest of the way. Julia had her U.S passport with her, but the immigration officer didn’t believe that she matched the picture on her passport. So she was taken to jail, where she spent the next 32 hours before being released to her parents.
Meanwhile, two American women were detained by an immigration official in Havre, Montana (my father’s birth place, by the way) after they were heard speaking Spanish to each other while shopping at a local convenience store. When the women asked why they were being detained, the officer told that it “has to do with you guys speaking Spanish in the store in a state where it’s predominately English speaking.” I am not making this up.