U.S. Supreme Court precedent still allows Border Patrol agents to factor in someone’s “Mexican appearance” when deciding who to pull over and question – as long as that is not the only reason for the stop.
But that leaves Mexican Americans more vulnerable to questioning.
“I am just as American as you are, I was born and raised here,” said Ismael Ramos. “And so, why should I be the only one that has to be questioned? Or why is my ethnicity the one that has to stick out compared to everybody else?”