NJ Transit suspends conductor after announcement on immigration officers

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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit has suspended a conductor who allegedly made an announcement on a train Monday morning that immigration officers were onboard and “looking for illegals.”

Passengers on the North Jersey Coast train said they heard the conductor make the announcement more than once, but a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told NorthJersey.com that there were no agents on board.

The conductor, who was not identified, was suspended “pending the outcome of a full investigation,” NJ Transit said in a statement. The chairman for SMART-TD, the union representing the conductor, told NorthJersey.com that the matter was a misunderstanding — that the comment was by a passenger talking to the conductor near a defective public-address system — but at least two passengers disputed that account. One said she knew the conductor’s voice; the other said the conductor had made the announcement three times.

The full NorthJersey.com report is available here.

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