At least one American middle school teacher fancies herself above the law and there’s ample video to prove it.
In an effort to make a political point, Shane Parmely refused to cooperate with Border Patrol agents at a check point in New Mexico.
Parmely was eventually detained for over an hour after refusing to acknowledge if she was an American citizen.
Passengers in the car with Parmely recorded the exchange where an agent first asks “Citizens?” as they roll up to the checkpoint.
“Are we crossing a border? I’ve never been asked if I’m a citizen before when I’m traveling down the road.”
The two go back and forth before Parmely flat-out says she won’t answer the agent.
“You can ask, but I don’t have to answer,” she said to the agent about whether or not she’s a citizen.
He reminded her that that’s not the case.
“You are required to answer an immigration question,” he said. ‘You are not required to answer any other questions.”
He informed her that she was indeed being detained before pulling out a card citing a 1976 Supreme Court decision that ruled checkpoints designed to check for citizenship within 100 miles of the Mexican border is Constitutional.
He repeatedly asked her to read the proof she was asking for, which she refused to do.
At one point, Parmely momentarily appeared to emphasize with the agents for just “doing their job” before comparing them to the “brown shirts in Germany.”
“So, I’m not going to make it easy for you guys to do your job,” she shrieked.
The two go back and forth as the defiant English teacher complained about students with “brown skin” being discriminated against. The agent told her he was not discriminating against anyone, but Parmely held her ground. She was eventually released, seemingly without having to answer the question and she shared the videos on Facebook as a triumphant feat.
In another video posted by Parmely, she explained how the act of citizenship promotes nationalism, which leads to fascism, which leads to war over “national pride.”
She also argued with several other agents who tried to reason with her, telling her because she had white skin and spoke English didn’t mean she was a legal citizen.
Unsurprisingly, a quick glance at Parmely’s Facebook page shows that she’s an activist for “undocumented” immigrants and had posted a protest she had taken part in a “few months ago.”
As for the incident in New Mexico… the Border Patrol gave a statement to the San Diego Union Tribune clarifying their position on the matter.
“Border Patrol checkpoints are a critical tool for the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” he said.
“At a Border Patrol checkpoint, an agent may question a vehicle’s occupants about their citizenship, place of birth, and request document proof of immigration status, how legal status was obtained and make quick observations of what is in plain view in the interior of the vehicle.
“During the course of the immigration inspection, if an occupant refuses to answer an agent’s questions, the agent may detain the driver for a reasonable amount of time until he or she can make a determination regarding the occupant’s immigration status.”