Border protection agents walked around an Amtrak train, randomly asking people if they were U.S. Citizens. The passenger who took a cell phone video says the agents boarded the train in Syracuse for 20 minutes and asked four people if they could confirm their status as U.S. Citizens.
The 4th amendment protects Americans from arbitrary stops and searches. But, according to the ACLU, border patrol agents have certain “extra-constitutional powers” within 100 miles of border or coastline.
In January, border agents were caught on video in two separate incidents in Florida, boarding Greyhound buses and detaining individuals who could not provide legal documents.
It’s unclear if the border protection agents detained anyone, but the images of them scouring the bus are still pretty unsettling. The current presidential administration has made immigration one of its primary issues, and it seems that citizens don’t have as much freedoms as they thought when it comes to stops and searches.