New Jersey Transit Crew Member Suspended For Announcing ICE Agents Were On Train “Looking for Illegals”

A New Jersey Transit crew member has been suspended without pay for reportedly announcing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were on a Monday morning train looking for “illegals and other criminals.”

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez responded to reports of the incident on social media, saying that “if true, this would be outrageous racial profiling that is unAmerican and makes us less safe. Thank you Katherine for bringing this to our attention, and I assure you my office is looking into it, and will follow up as well.”

It turned out, the whole thing was a nothing-burger, though the employee’s motives remain unknown.

A spokesman for the Newark, New Jersey office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said no agents were on the New York-bound train in question, or any other train on Monday morning. The statement was also confirmed by the NJ Transit Twitter account.

“NJ TRANSIT has taken swift action by immediately suspending, without pay, the crew member who made the alleged train announcement pending the outcome of full investigation. NJT will not tolerate such reprehensible conduct which stands in direct contrast with our agency’s culture,” the transit system announced in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

According to the New Jersey ICE spokesman, agents would have had to have been in pursuit of such a person to board public transportation.

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