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-cbpPosted 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.
Your service should be provided to everyone! Do you really want to be remembered for such behavior? Shame on you. Remember the Nuremberg Trials?— Peter Simm (@PeterSzym) June 16, 2018
Devastated that a service I use or used embraces racist policies.— Mia Kerick (@MiaKerick) June 16, 2018
They’re doing this throughout New England and NY! I took a bus fr Worcester Ma to Rochester NY and agents approached everyone that looked Hispanic,started asking questions about their travels and for IDs! Anyone w an accent was asked to remain seated & not allowed to de board😡😡— viti (@kenvitiello) June 16, 2018
I can't help but feel like these ICE agents are a precursor to a Nazi-like police force, if we don't vote Trump out of office.— Dalia (@daliagirl33) June 16, 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.
Well, CBP is the main problem, and on further thought, focusing on the driver is a waste of resources. But a driver ought to know whether his bus bans non-citizens or not.— Gary McGath (@GaryM03062) June 17, 2018
This isn't a response. What do you mean he "made a mistake that we share." This isn't sufficient. Make it difficult for CBP/ICE operate in your facilities, stand up for your passengers, do more. Have interactions with them, tell them to stop harassing your passengers.— mistress aquafaba (@SargeDonovan) June 17, 2018