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By Tim Leeds 

Women sue CBP over Spanish-speaking incident at Havre store


Last updated 2/15/2019 at 12:03pm

Brooke Swaney/ACLU of Montana via AP

Martha Hernandez, left, and Ana Suda pose Jan. 23 in front of a convenience store in Havre where they say they were detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent for speaking Spanish last year. The women have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government and the border agent and are seeking a judge's order barring U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials from stopping or detaining people based on race, accent or language.

An incident that started with two sisters visiting as they waited in line to buy groceries at a Havre convenience store has turned into a lawsuit demanding damages from the Customs and Border Protection division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, announced Thursday it and the Billings-based law firm Crowley Fleck filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on behalf of Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez.

CBP spokesman Jason Givens said Thursday the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Suda and Hernandez are a...

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