This video appeared on my Facebook feed this morning. It was filmed by a family that was travelling within the borders of the US when they were stopped by border agents (not at the border mind you) and asked about citizenship: "So..... Are you a US citizen?"
To her credit the driver, a teacher in San Diego, refused to answer the question and had a few of her own. Good ones.
And yet, I found that I wasn't particularly shocked that she and her family were stopped. Where I live (France) the authorities do have the right to stop me at any time and ask for my papers. It's never happened and I do have to wonder why that is. Oh, hell, let's be honest here, I don't need to wonder at all since I have gone through checkpoints in the Paris area in the past and duly noted that almost all the people who were being forced to produce their papers were from Africa. Me, they just looked at my clothes and my legs, smiled at me, and waved me through.
I'll let you watch the video for yourself and if you are so inclined I would love to hear your thoughts.
In particular, if you are a migrant/expatriate or a naturalized citizen I'm curious to know if you have ever been stopped by the immigration authorities or law enforcement in your host country.