Native El Pasoan files complaint after being detained for speaking Spanish

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A native El Pasoan is filing a complaint against the Border Patrol after she was questioned for nearly an hour in a Montana parking lot. 

Ana Suda pulled out her phone and began recording as an agent started questioning her and asking for identification.

Suda was with her friend, Mimi Hernandez, who was born in California.

The video shows the agent asking for identification because the women were speaking Spanish.

"I looked at him and I said, 'Are you serious?'" she tells KTSM.

Suda and Hernandez said they were buying eggs at the store before being questioned in the parking lot for nearly an hour. Suda said they were in shock. 

Suda said she's not going to stay quiet about the incident because she doesn't want the same thing happening to her daughter.

"I don't want them to stop her (my daughter) just because she speaks Spanish in the future or she feels bad when someone says something to her," Suda said.

Suda said she's proud to be from the borderland and won't stop speaking Spanish anytime soon. 

The American Civil Liberties Union is in the process of helping Suda. 

In a statement via Twitter ACLU comments:

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