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Tell Greyhound: No more warrantless searches

The petition to Greyhound executives reads:

"Stop allowing immigration agents to board and search Greyhound vehicles without a warrant."

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    Tell Greyhound: No more warrantless searches

    Border Patrol agents are boarding Greyhound buses to racially profile and interrogate passengers about their immigration status at an alarming rate.1 These warrantless searches are not only terrifying for Greyhound customers, but also violate their civil liberties and Fourth Amendment rights.

    Greyhound has publicly condemned CBP's unconstitutional searches – but words are not enough. If the company cares about keeping its customers safe and sustaining its business, it needs to stop enabling Donald Trump's racist regime and bar immigration agents from inspecting its vehicles without probable cause or a warrant.

    Next week, we're teaming up with our friends at ACLU and Color Of Change to deliver tens of thousands of petition signatures to Greyhound demanding that it keep immigration agents off its buses. Will you add your name now to help turn up the pressure?

    Tell Greyhound: No more warrantless searches. Keep immigration agents off your buses.

    Trump's war on immigrants is getting worse. Over the past few weeks, his administration introduced policies that would allow the government to imprison immigrant children and families indefinitely, punish and deport immigrants who access housing, health care and food assistance programs, and greenlight the construction of a southern border wall.2,3,4 We cannot sit by while companies like Greyhound enable Trump's hateful regime.

    Greyhound is allowing Border Patrol to racially profile, terrorize and violate the constitutional rights of its customers. In Indio, California, CBP agents pulled a Latino man off a Greyhound bus and held him for questioning because his shoes looked “suspicious,” as if he had just crossed the border.5 In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, CBP officers seized a Jamaican woman on a Greyhound bus, questioned her without an attorney and threw her in jail.6 These searches are unconstitutional, and Greyhound has the power to stop them.

    As a private business, Greyhound has the Fourth Amendment right to deny CBP consent to board its buses without a warrant, but the company is refusing to exercise that right. Until it makes this simple declaration, Greyhound's claims of not supporting these searches and doing everything it can to keep its passengers safe can't be taken seriously.7 Speak out now to demand that Greyhound stop collaborating with immigration agents and protect its customers from warrantless searches.

    Tell Greyhound: No more warrantless searches. Keep immigration agents off your buses.

    Thanks for speaking out.

    References:

    1. Jake Johnson, "ACLU Urges Greyhound to Stop Letting Border Agents Use Buses as 'Rolling Traps,'" Common Dreams, March 21, 2018.
    2. Kimberly Mukerjee, Irwin Redlener and Elizabeth Goodman, "Public charge rule is a cruel attack on children," The Hill, Oct. 6, 2018.
    3. Elizabeth Landers, "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to introduce bill to fully fund Trump's border wall," CNN, Oct. 10, 2018.
    4. Caitlin Dickerson, "Trump Administration Moves to Sidestep Restrictions on Detaining Migrant Children," The New York Times, Sept. 6, 2018.
    5. Sarah Ravani and Bob Egelko, "Greyhound asked to adopt sanctuary policy in face of passenger interrogations," San Francisco Chronicle, March 27, 2018.
    6. Samantha Schmidt, "Video shows Border Patrol officers asking Greyhound passengers for IDs, taking woman into custody," The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2018.
    7. Chad Sokol, "In less than six years, Border Patrol made nearly 200 arrests at the Spokane Intermodal Center," The Spokesman-Review, July 25, 2018.