Greyhound Lines will no longer allow Border Patrol agents to conduct immigration checks on buses without a bus, the agency said Friday – a week after a leaked memo revealed that agents could not board a bus without consent.
For years, Greyhound, America’s largest bus company, has been permitting border agents to operate its vehicles without a warrant, citing a law that says it disagrees.
“C.B.P. searches have negatively impacted both the customer and our operations,” The company said in 2018, Customs and Border Protection, referring to the Border Patrol’s parent company. “Greyhound does not coordinate with CBP, nor do we support these actions.”
But there is a levy of tariffs and border security memos that have been reported The Associated Press, The Border Patrol chief confirmed that agents were prohibited from boarding the bus and interrogating passengers without the warrant or company consent.
Chief Carla Provost wrote in the memo, “When a check is checked on a non-point bus, the agent must show that he or she has boarded the bus with the consent of the owner of the company or an employee of the company. Which was on the 28th of January.
A statement from the Customs and Border Protection official on Saturday said that the company “does not comment on material matters related to internal memo leaks, but management regularly disseminates information to strengthen existing protocols.”
The officer did not directly address Grahound’s change but added that “enforcement actions away from the immediate frontier are consistent with the law and are in direct support of immediate border enforcement efforts, and these operations serve as a way to prevent smuggling and other criminal entities from exploiting. Transport Centers Further to travel to the United States
Friday’s statement noted a “policy change” at the Greyhound border agency, though it was unclear whether the company had actually changed any of its policies.
“We welcome the precision that this change of protocol brings, as it aligns with our previous position, which is that we do not consent to wireless search,” the agency said. “We are providing updated training for drivers and terminal staff regarding this policy change.”
The company said it would “clearly show our location” stickers on its buses, and it “planned to formally send a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that we are not consenting to wireless searches on our buses and terminal areas that are not open to the general public.
The changes should have been implemented immediately were the American Civil Liberties Union praised the Greyhound announcement.
“Greyhound is clearly pleased to see that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment on its buses,” said Andre Flores, policy deputy director of equality for the ACLU.
“Greyhound is sending a message that it gives priority to the communities it serves,” he adds. “We will continue to pressure other transportation companies to follow its lead.” Including other residents Jefferson Lines And MTRWestern Do not consent to wireless bus enforcement checks on their buses, according to their website.
The checks were spread as part of the administration’s campaign to curb illegal immigration under President Trump’s leadership.
Last year, Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of the state of Washington, States that the practice of allowing greyhound searches His vehicles at a train station and bus terminal in Spokane “fell severely on colored passengers, who were interrogated and detained by the CBP.”
A 2018 Application for “No Deportation for Transport” application Which has collected more than 200,000 signatures so that Greyhound claims to have stopped border patrol agents on his bus without warrant or probable cause.
Strategies for implementing aggressive immigration nationwide are not just limited to buses. In this Widely circulated video Recorded in El Paso last week, Border Patrol agents at a Burger King restaurant were seen using a teaser to arrest and apprehend him.
Michael Levenson contributed to the reporting.