Tri-Caucus Calls on Greyhound to Resist Border Patrol on Buses
Congressional Tri-Caucus Chairs Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ChairCongressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)were joined by Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX), First Vice Chair of the CHC, on Wednesday in leading a group of 19 lawmakers in raising concerns about repeated immigration raids taking place aboard Greyhound buses. In a letter to Greyhound’s CEO David Leach, they highlighted that such raids, under the guise of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) “transportation checks,” violate the constitutional rights of the company’s customers. “Greyhound’s actions affect our constituents, and we contend that, by 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,” the members wrote. “The American Civil Liberties Union has documented CBP agents boarding Greyhound buses across the nation, spanning coast to coast, with resulting detentions and deportations. We consider this behavior unacceptable, and believe it is within your power to change it.” See the full letter here.