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Riders of bus service in southwest Detroit stopped by immigration officials

Jan 20, 2015

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For the last week, a bus that stops in southwest Detroit has been stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The riders are asked for identification, and those that cannot produce the proper paperwork are detained. 

Michigan United, a civil rights group, is calling these actions by CBP intimidation, harassment, and even racial profiling. 

These stops affect more than just the riders of the bus, Alyssa Hernandez of Michigan United said. The bus runs past the local church, school, and grocery store, and residents are afraid. 

"People are afraid to send their kids to school, so the turn out rate last week was a little bit lower on a couple of days for the school, because people didn't want to send their kids," said Hernandez.

The bus is from the Tornado Bus Company, which travels from Mexico to several cities within the U.S.

We're waiting on comment from Customs and Border Protection. 

-Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom