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Border Agent Watches On As Bus Driver Says Only U.S. Citizens Can Ride His Bus

Border Agent Watches On As Bus Driver Says Only U.S. Citizens Can Ride His Bus
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Travelers in Bangor, Maine, this past Memorial Day captured a video of Customs and Border Patrol asking passengers boarding a commercial bus if they are United States citizens. As they approached the bus, a passenger asked the driver, who stood to the side watching, if they had to be U.S. citizens to ride the bus. 

The bus driver answered "yes."

The bus was from a private company, Concord Coach Lines. As a private company they have no legal obligation to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

New Hampshire American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in connection with Maine ACLU released the video on their Facebook page June 13, 2018.

Know Your Rights When Riding the Bus: Border Patrol and Concord Coach Lines

On Memorial Day weekend this year, individuals lining up to board Concord Coach Lines were asked about their immigration status by Customs and Border Patrol. It shouldn't be this way. Be sure to #KnowYourRights when it comes to riding the bus and interacting with immigration officials whether they are ICE, CBP, or local law enforcement. Take action and tell Concord Coach Lines to stop their collaboration with immigration officials: http://bit.ly/cc-cbp

Posted by ACLU of New Hampshire on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

People are outraged and sharing their thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. They're also drawing parallels to different points in history.

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Boycott CONCORD Bus line!!!

Posted by Jennifer Rodney on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Concord Coach Lines released a statement on both Facebook and Twitter, stating they do not have any sort of agreement with Customs and  Border Protection.

But to many people, their response to the incident is not enough.

Concord Coach Lines has no partnership with CBP and US citizenship is not a requirement to use our service. Please see attached for full statement.

Posted by Concord Coach Lines on Saturday, June 16, 2018

The ACLU is hoping to work with Concord Coach Lines to end their complicity with ICE and CBP. They also encourage anyone who experiences similar issues with Concord Coach or any other private companies to contact their local ACLU affiliate.

H/T: Huffington Post, Facebook