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