POSTED: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 9:06am
UPDATED: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 9:28am
Bus Companies Not Checking Proper ID
In an effort to crack down on illegal immigrants Authorities are conducting citizenship checks on trains and buses nationwide. Since the upper valley struggles with undocumented immigrants, Border Patrol agents have had a presence at Central Station in McAllen for quite some time.
"We've encountered both illegal immigrants and also narcotics that have been found at the bus station as they are boarding their buses to try to enter the united states," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Rosie Huey.
Approximately 60,000 people travel through the station every month. Although it may not seem like it , Border Patrol says its keeping a close eye on any criminal activity at the terminal. Officials at Central Station tell us the major crackdowns are happening in major cities. They rely on border patrol to look out for any suspicious activity.
We asked several bus companies if they check id at the time of purchase. Some said yes, but a significant amount of them said no.
Lupita Solis is on her way to Austin. She told us she rides the bus all the time and has never been asked for I.D. She agrees the bus companies should check I.D's. just in case. Other people we spoke to say they too were never asked for any identification from the bus companies.
We asked many bus companies that travel into Mexico and all over the U.S. why they don't require an I.D. at the time of purchase. The companies declined to answer.