By Tim Leeds 

CBP settles with women in lawsuit on rights violations in Havre

Suda, Hernandez said Border Patrol agent detained them for speaking Spanish


Last updated 11/25/2020 at 1:24pm

Brooke Swaney/ACLU of Montana via AP/File

Martha Hernandez, left, and Ana Suda pose Jan. 23, 2019, 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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reached an out-of-court settlement with two women who said their Constitutional rights were violated when a Border Patrol agent detained and questioned them when he heard them speaking Spanish in a Havre convenience store.

The monetary amount of the settlement was not released.

Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez filed a lawsuit alleging their their Fourth and Fifth amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution were violated by Agent Paul O'Neal detaining them and questioning them simply because they spoke Spanish.

The two sisters, who were...

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