Train conductor suspended after ‘illegals’ announcement
New Jersey Transit called the alleged conduct ‘offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional’.
New Jersey Transit has suspended a conductor for allegedly announcing on a morning train that immigration agents were on board looking for “illegals”.
The incident occurred Monday morning on a train headed from New Jersey to New York.
An NJ Transit spokeswoman did not identify the conductor but said he has more than 30 years’ experience at the agency.
He was suspended without pay on Monday, pending an investigation.
NJ Transit called the alleged conduct “offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional”.
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.— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) March 5, 2018
A spokesman for the Newark office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said no agents were on the train.
He said agents conduct targeted enforcement of criminals and would have had to have been in pursuit of such a person to board public transportation.