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    Greyhound to Stop Allowing Immigration Checks on Buses

    Greyhound to Stop Allowing Immigration Checks on Buses

    Greyhound, the nation's largest bus company, says it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.

    By Associated Press, Wire Service ContentFeb. 21, 2020, at 6:12 p.m.


    Greyhound to Stop Allowing Immigration Checks on Buses

    BY GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

    SEATTLE (AP) — Greyhound, the nation's largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.

    The company's announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can't board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn't like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them.

    In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public — such as company offices or any areas a person needs a ticket to access.

    Greyhound said it would provide its drivers and bus station employees updated training regarding the new policy, and that it would place stickers on all its buses clearly stating that it does not consent to the searches.

    “Our primary concern is the safety of our customers and team members, and we are confident these changes will lead to an improved experience for all parties involved,” the statement said.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

    Greyhound has faced pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights activists and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to stop allowing sweeps on buses within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of an international border or coastline. In many cases, the buses being checked were not crossing or even approaching an international boundary.

    Critics say the practice is intimidating and discriminatory and has become more common under President Donald Trump. Border Patrol arrests videotaped by other passengers have sparked criticism, and Greyhound faces a lawsuit in California alleging that it violated consumer protection laws by facilitating raids.

    “We are pleased to see Greyhound clearly communicate that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment on its buses," Andrea Flores, deputy director of policy for the ACLU's Equality Division, said in an email. “By protecting its customers and employees, Greyhound is sending a message that it prioritizes the communities it serves.”

    The Border Patrol has insisted that it does not profile passengers based on their appearance, but instead asks all passengers whether they are citizens or in the country legally. The agency says the bus checks are an important way to ferret out human trafficking, narcotics and illegal immigration.

    Some other bus companies, including Jefferson Lines, which operates in 14 states, and MTRWestern, which operates in the Pacific Northwest, have already taken similar steps to those announced by Greyhound. Flores said the ACLU would continue to push others to follow suit.

    The memo obtained by the AP was dated Jan. 28, addressed to all chief patrol agents and signed by then-Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost just before she retired. It confirms the legal position that Greyhound's critics have taken: that the Constitution's Fourth Amendment prevents agents from boarding buses and questioning passengers without a warrant or the consent of the company.

    “When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states. An agent's actions while on the bus "would not cause a reasonable person to believe that he or she is unable to terminate the encounter with the agent.”

    Greyhound previously argued that case law, including a 1973 Supreme Court ruling, did not extend the Fourth Amendment's protections to commercial carriers.

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    Set up roadside checks with K-9's to sniff for drugs, it's legal.

    Board the bus, pull those illegals off, deport them on the spot!
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    Greyhound Violating US Laws Against Transporting & Shielding Illegal Aliens

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    Concord Coach won’t allow border patrol agents to conduct citizenship checks without a warrant anymore

    Brian Swartz | BDN
    A Concord Coach Lines bus departs the terminal at 1039 Union St., Bangor.


    By Hailey Bryant, BDN Staff • February 29, 2020 10:36 am

    Amid pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Concord Coach Lines announced Friday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will no longer be allowed to perform immigration checks on its buses without warrants.

    “We have understood the arguments for making this change, but have worked to fully understand the implications that a change would have on law enforcement’s ability to prevent all forms of criminal behavior,” Concord Coach Lines Vice President Benjamin Blunt said in a statement. “We are confident that this is the right thing to do.”


    Concord Coach’s decision comes a week after Greyhound changed their policy in response to a border patrol memo. The memo issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that bus companies control whether agents are allowed on board to conduct citizenship checks.

    Prior to Greyhound’s announcement last week, representatives from Concord Coach said that it would not put the burden of determining whether a search was legitimate on its staff, according to the Portland Press Herald. In his Friday statement, though, Blunt said that staff will be given cards to communicate the new policy to border officials.


    “Both
    Greyhound and the American Bus Association have recently revised their policies, and while we feel that the safety and security of all Concord Coach Lines passengers should be our primary focus, we also believe it is important to be consistent with our bus industry partners,” Blunt said.

    The Maine branch of the ACLU commended Concord Coach’s decision in a Friday statement. “We are thrilled that Concord is joining other bus companies in doing the right thing to protect their passengers,” said Emma Bond, an ACLU of Maine staff attorney.

    Meanwhile, New England Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael McCarthy said that the decision could prevent border patrol agents from operating as usual. “Enforcement operations away from the immediate border are performed consistent with law and in direct support of immediate border enforcement efforts,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Such operations function as a means of preventing smuggling and other criminal organizations from exploitation of existing transportation hubs to travel further into the United States.”

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