New York fines cab companies for fleecing
migrants fleeing to Canada
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[May 11, 2017]
By Melissa Fares
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three Plattsburgh, New
York, taxi cab companies will pay financial penalties for taking
advantage of illegal immigrants fleeing the United States for Canada
through practices including price gouging, the New York Attorney
General's office said on Wednesday.
It said in a statement the fines came as part of a settlement after the
three companies, Northern Taxi, Town Taxi and C & L Taxi, "admitted to
not posting rates as required by law."
Illegal crossings from the United States into Canada have become
increasingly common in the months since U.S. President Donald Trump, who
campaigned on a pledge to crack down on undocumented immigrants, took
office in January.
“It’s no secret that we’ve seen intense fear in immigrant communities
across New York in recent months. To take advantage of that fear for
financial gain is simply unconscionable,” New York Attorney General Eric
Schneiderman said in the statement.
“My office won’t hesitate to crack down on those seeking to take
advantage of this climate of fear.”
As part of the settlement, the Plattsburgh companies will pay penalties
ranging from $350 to $2,500.
Northern Taxi did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking
comment. The owner of C&L Taxi said she was not aware of the
allegations. The operator of Town Taxi told Reuters they had not
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A family which claimed to be from Sudan, piles out of a Northern
Taxi which drove them to the U.S.-Canada border in Champlain, New
York, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo
On Wednesday, Reuters published a report about asylum seekers
traveling to the Canadian border, based in part on an interview with
C&L Taxi driver Curtis Seymour.
Seymour voted for Trump partly because of his immigration policies,
but said he had grown increasingly sympathetic to his immigrant
(Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Tom Browm)
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