Activists pressure Greyhound to break federal law, keep immigration agents off buses

It isn’t enough for liberals to personally advocate law-breaking. They want to force others to join them.

Pro-illegal immigration lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union are urging Greyhound Lines to stop letting federal official perform immigration raids on their buses without a warrant, the Associated Press reports.

(AP Photo/Al Behrman).

Affiliates of the Civil Liberties Union from 10 different states sent a letter to the bus company that accused federal agents of targeting people based on their race and ethnicity.

Zachary Heiden, legal director at the ACLU of Maine, said in a statement:

(AP Photo/Valeria Fernández).

“We shouldn’t have to carry our birth certificate or passport or otherwise prove our citizenship every time we board a bus.

He added:

“Greyhound should be in the business of transporting people safely from place to place. It should not be in the business of providing a place for immigration agents to perform intimidating interrogations and suspicionless searches of its customers.”

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Immigration authorities detain a woman in the country illegally on a Greyhound bus. (Photo: Screen Capture).

Under federal law, US border patrol may lawfully conduct searches within 100 miles of a land or coastal border. Some states, such as Maine and Florida, lie entirely within that range.

The ACLU argued the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” supersedes such federal laws.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber).

“[I]n accordance with court decisions stemming from the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the company may deny CBP permission to interrogate passengers aboard a bus without a warrant or probable cause,” the advocacy group wrote.

 

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File).

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Greyhound affirmed in a statement that it cooperates with law enforcement agencies.

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