There’s a new trend to refuse to answer U.S. Border Patrol agents’ questions: “Are you an American citizen?”, but an attorney there could be consequences.
YouTube videos show drivers being stopped either at checkpoints or at random, refusing to answer Border Patrol Agents about their citizenship.
“The government cannot be intruding on your passage within the United States without probable cause,” said Immigration Attorney Ruben Reyes.
Reyes wants to warn people though, even though it’s your right to refuse to answer the question – there could be consequences to your action.
“What they do and how you suffer if they (agents) were to extend their authority past what they should have,” said Reyes. “You’re vindicated five or 7 years later – is it worth it?”
Martin Vosseler says he got stopped several times by Border Patrol when he lived in New Mexico and Texas.
“He told me I shouldn’t be embarrassed to answer the question and I said I’m not I just believe I want to stand up for my rights”
Martin says it has nothing to do with disliking Border Patrol but it’s about protecting his constitutional rights.
For drivers like Vosseler, it is.
“I’m proud to be an American, but I did this for my 7-year-old daughter. So when she’s my age, I’m 33, she gets to enjoy the same liberties that I do.”