Social Media flared up yesterday (August 21) with pictures of U.S. Border Patrol agents taking post at the Greyhound bus stop outside the Cortland County Office building on Central Avenue.
WXHC News confirmed their presence with Cortland County Legislative Clerk Eric Mulvihill, who also made it clear the county had no knowledge, jurisdiction or involvement in their activity. He also could not confirm what they were doing or why they were here.
Several witnesses reported seeing the agents interviewing various passengers throughout the day as they were boarding the buses.
Otherwise, there are no more details that can be validated at this time.
Border Patrol is a separate, but similar organization to its sister agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both are federal agencies charged with enforcing the country’s immigration laws.
Border Patrol typically handles cases that are at or close to one of the country’s borders, while ICE gets to those that are further inland.
Cortland is less than 150 miles from the Canadian border.