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CBP, Greyhound Buses & ACLU

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Posted on March 22 2018

 

In late January of 2018, social media, specifically Twitter lit up like a Christmas Tree. The FL Immigration Coalition tweeted out a video showing Customs & Boarder Patrol Officers boarding a Greyhound bus. I think many of us thought out loud…What the Actual BLEEP.

see original tweet below

FL Immigration Coalition Jan 2018 Tweet

The 4th Amendment is Crystal clear…it reads in part:

  • “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things …”

Then the ACLU stepped in…

  • “The Fourth Amendment protects businesses as well as individuals, and we believe Greyhound has the Fourth Amendment right to refuse consent to board its buses,”

I could be wrong but at no time, did the CBP Officers State they had a “judicial warrant”, the officers stepped on to a “private bus” and their unlawful actions lead to the arrest of a 62 year old Grandmother, who incidentally had over stayed her Visa. This grandmother was arrested, sent to a Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, where she was then subsequently sent to Enforcement Removal Operations for removal proceedings.

Miami Herald Jan 2018 Article

Greyhound + CBP = Deportation of a Grandmother

Based on GreyHound’s intital response to the MSM & ACLU’s inquires:

 

  • We understand their concerns and those of our customers with regard to this matter,” -GreyHound Spox
  • However, Greyhound is required to comply with the law. We are aware that routine transportation checks not only affect our operations, but our customers’ travel experience, and we will continue to do everything legally possible to minimize any negative experiences. Greyhound has opened a dialogue with the Border Patrol to see if there is anything that can be done to balance the enforcement of federal law with the dignity and privacy of our valued customers. “

Late yesterday the ACLU sent this letter to Greyhound’s CEO and General Counsel. Apparently the January 2018 Florida incident isn’t an isolated.

Here’s the link to the ACLU letter

March 21, 2018 ACLU Letter to Greyhound re CBP

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