jeudi 28 juin 2018

U.S : GREYHOUND is aiding in the separation of families and fueling the detention-to-deportation pipeline.

Greyhound is helping Border Patrol and ICE tear families apart.

Call Greyhound and demand they stop allowing Border Patrol to conduct warrantless searches on their buses !

Dear friend. 

Greyhound is voluntarily allowing Border Patrol agents to board their buses so that they can racially profile passengers. In doing so, Greyhound is willfully exposing passengers to harassment and state sanctioned violence.  

Greyhound is allowing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to conduct warrantless searches on their buses in order to check passengers immigration status, a tactic that is all too reminiscent of when we were required to carry “freedom papers” on our person at all times to move freely in public. With Trump ramping-up his anti-immigration policies and encouraging ICE to racially profile people, the consequences of these searches are becoming more and more dire. It is resulting in Black and Latin people being unnecessarily detained for days as well as fueling Trump’s detention-to-deportation pipeline that is tearing families apart. Greyhound has the legal right and the responsibility to stop ICE agents from boarding their buses.

Greyhound has a legal right to deny Border Patrol agents from boarding their buses but are doing everything they can to say this is simply out of their hands. Greyhound has gone on the record and said, “...we are required to comply with the law by allowing Border Patrol agents to board our buses when they ask to do so…”,1 but this isn’t accurate. 10 state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union as well as 23 members of Congress informed Greyhound earlier this year that they are not required to comply with Border Patrol and they have a 4th amendment right to deny warrantless searches like these on their buses.2 As Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, who led the Congressional letter, stated :

“ granting consent to CBP agents to board buses to inquire about immigration status, Greyhound exposes its passengers to frequent violations of their constitutional rights to be free from warrantless searches and seizures, racial profiling, and harassment.”3

Greyhound needs to immediately change their policies and use their right to protect the people on their buses.

Border Patrol is disproportionately targeting Black and Latin passengers on Greyhound buses for immigration checks and detainment. Just last week it was announced that a Latino man in Washington state filed a $75,000 claim against Border Patrol after he was racially profiled, illegally detained and threatened with deportation while traveling on a Greyhound bus.4Earlier this year, Border Patrol agents detained a DACA recipient on a Greyhound bus and lied to him, telling him his DACA status was expired because “Trump took that away”.5 The actions of Border Patrol create a toxic and dangerous environment for Greyhound customers and by ignoring legal advice and allowing them to continue to carry out immigration raids, Greyhound is forcing their passengers into a detention-to-deportation pipeline.

Until justice is real, 

Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Jade, Evan, Johnny, Future, Corina, Chad, Mary, Angela, Samantha, Saréya, Eesha, and the rest of the Color Of Change team

References :

  1. "Statement Regarding CBP", Greyhound, 20 June 2018
  2. "ACLU Affiliate Letter to Greyhound", ACLU of Maine, 21 March 2018
  3. "Greyhound Letter", Office of Rep. Joaquin Castro, 13 June 2018
  4. "Wash. state man files $75,000 claim against Border Patrol", KEPR TV, 21 June 2018
  5. "Father, son with DACA detained on Greyhound bus by Border Patrol in Spokane", KOMO News, 12 January 2018

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