Greyhound Stops Allowing Immigration Checks Without Warrants On All Buses
Greyhound announced they will stop allowing Border Patrol agents to conduct routine immigration checks if they do not have a warrant. The news came not even a week after Border Patrol confirmed that agents could not board private buses without the approval of the bus company.
The company specified in an email they “do 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 will place a sticker on all buses stating they do not consent to immigration searches. Their drivers and other employeess with be trained with the updated policy.
Greyhound reported their main concern is the safety of their customers and employees, and “are confident these changes will lead to an improved experience for all parties involved.”
Andrea Flores, deputy director of policy for the ACLU’s Equality Division, told Associated Press, “We are pleased to see Greyhound clearly communicate that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment in its buses. By protecting its customers and employees, Greyhound is sending a message that it prioritizes the communities it serves.”
Jefferson Lines, MTRWestern, and other bus companies have taken similar steps as Greyhound.