Report: Calls For Boycotting Greyhound Grow As Company Defies Working With ICE

Have you heard the latest about Greyhound bus services deciding not to comply with Immigration and Custom Enforcement checks dealing with illegal immigration?

This is a strange decision since Tour Bus Operators have been telling passengers for years (decades) at both land borders when Border Patrols Officers board the busses at borders to comply with identification requirements to cross into foreign nations or returning to the USA.

What are they thinking? The Department of Transportation can make it harder for every bus to continue on the roads if that’s what Greyhound wants, mandatory road safety checks take way longer than immigration checks, and “all” busses are subject to them, which also means that “all” passengers will have to step off of the bus. In contrast, the safety checks are being done, “there” no warrant needed now!

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The company’s announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can’t board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn’t like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them.

In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does 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 said it would provide its drivers and bus station employees updated training regarding the new policy, and that it would place stickers on all its buses clearly stating that it does not consent to the searches. [Associated Press]

The greyhound statement said, “Our primary concern is the safety of our customers and team members, and we are confident these changes will lead to an improved experience for all parties involved,” the statement said.” Someone, please elaborate on the safety issue cause it’s not apparent to me.

So what all the Border people have to do is hold the bus until a warrant is issued, sometimes it takes hours to get one. No different than a roadside check by police officers, you can permit them, let them check and be on your way, or you can refuse where they then park you on the side of the road, take your keys, and await a warrant. You may be there for hours.

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Now, there are calls to boycott the bus organization:

If Greyhound wants an improved customer experience, they should concentrate on having enough buses and drivers for their schedules. Maintaining their buses so that they are not constantly breaking down stranding travelers. Try leaving on time and keeping to your schedule. If you don’t know what schedule means, try looking it up in the dictionary.

What checks I have seen have been at stations before and during the boarding process and not a hindrance at all.

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