Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Cornell Graduate Students Arrested in Texas Border Airport; Refused to Answer Citizenship Questions


"After refusing to answer a border patrol agent’s question about their citizenship status at a Texas airport near the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Omar Figueredo and Nancy Morales were arrested.  Figuerdo was arrested for failing to identify himself, resisting arrest and obstructing a passageway, while Morales was arrested for interference with public duties, a class B misdemeanor.  The two were released from jail in Brownsville on bond at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Figueredo said that they refused to answer the agent’s question not because they did not have documentation, but because they wanted to put up an act of civil resistance.  “Nancy and I are U.S. citizens, so it’s not for that reason that we were refusing to identify ourselves … We refused to answer because we think that it is an unauthorized form of intimidation and harassment that has become naturalized and normalized in the border region,”