On a recent domestic US flight – from SFO to JFK– federal agents checked every passenger’s identification before allowing them to exit the airplane. They said they were seeking a non-documented immigrant.
People complied. Now, I wasn’t there, so perhaps some of them questioned what was happening, but as far as I know, every person showed their ID. The “immigrant” was not found.
What if every single person on that airplane said as loudly as possible, right to the agents’ faces, “There is no reason for you to ask for identification. There is nothing that compels me to offer you proof of who I am. In solidarity with any immigrants who may or may not be on this airplane, I refuse to comply.”
Imagine it. All it takes is for one person to take a breath and begin.
We can practice saying these words out loud: “I refuse to comply.”