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Bus stopped in Alamance County under investigation

Posted August 13, 2008

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— Officials are investigating a bus pulled over for safety violations Wednesday afternoon at a weigh station near the merger of Interstate 40 and Interstate 85, the Highway Patrol said.

The bus, traveling from Wilson to Mexico, was stopped at mile marker 143 because a suspension problem was noticed with the bus.

Officials are checking the documentation of some people on the bus who did not produce passports. Interpreters were brought to the scene to help police communicate with the 15 to 20  Spanish-speaking passengers.

The bus was towed from the scene and passengers were placed on another bus.

The Highway Patrol had been made aware by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that illegal immigrants were being taken to certain destinations in the country. The bus originally was believed to be apart of that group.

Federal authorities are investigating whether the bus was connected to Iguala BusMex and Angel Tours Inc., which were ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cease commercial operations after an accident in Texas.

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  • IamSaraLee Aug 13, 2008

    http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/violations_16597___article.html/alamance_bus.html

    This is an updated article that provides further info about some of the passengers of the bus.

  • SEOpro Aug 13, 2008

    Wow. How transparent the 5:00 news report was. A trooper was selected to speak on the reasons why the bus was stopped. He was of obvious Hispanic ethnicicity. His comments were that the bus was stopped for safety reasons (bus - mechanical related issues)and their concerns were for the safety of the bus occupants. So, how did immigration issues surface? Nice try for a cover-up.

  • 1 of the original Americans Aug 13, 2008

    -he had 30 years of experience doing heating and air, and he was offered $12/hr. because of the wages being driven down.
    +

    Should have learned how to better market himself

  • 1 of the original Americans Aug 13, 2008

    you need a SSN# to pay taxes....

    No you don't need a social security number to pay taxes...They can have a ITIN (Taxpayer ID Number) and have taxes withheld from their pay.

    and you dont need an SSN# to pay sales tax property tax etc...

  • mebgirl1984 Aug 13, 2008

    "it all gets dumped into the federal coffers to help feed the war machine."
    dbcooper41

    You mean the same "war machine" that ended the Nazi atrocities you ranted about in your previous post???

  • ctechic2004 Aug 13, 2008

    you need a SSN# to pay taxes....

    No you don't need a social security number to pay taxes...They can have a ITIN (Taxpayer ID Number) and have taxes withheld from their pay.

  • beachgal Aug 13, 2008

    Excuse me, ginnydog! How do you know I'm not one of the ethnicities you mentioned? Are you saying this country was built on those you mentioned? What about all the others that came for a better life? Perhaps they did it the LEGAL way! And, if the "Hispanics" are being exploited, as you say, they must not mind very much!

  • mrr03 Aug 13, 2008

    Do you belive they had a minor traffic violation?

  • Hasbeen Aug 13, 2008

    Not in any way a sympathizer and it's not my goal to give anyone a free ride. Anyway, beachgal, before the hispanics, other ethnic groups did the labor jobs, Irish, italians, blacks. All exploited to make sure that "we are still here".

  • iron fist Aug 13, 2008

    If the bus was on it way to Mexico give them a police escort.

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