USA: Greyhound alerts passengers about rights & supports change of warrantless stops law

Author: Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post (USA), Published on: 3 January 2019

"Greyhound tells riders of rights when Border Patrol comes on board", 22 Dec 2018

Greyhound Lines is expanding alerts to passengers about their rights should immigration agents board buses to demand identification and proof of citizenship... [I]nformation includes details on how to file civil rights complaints and ways to support a change to federal law about the warrantless stops. The advisories come...as...country’s largest motor coach operator and other carriers face an ongoing campaign...to push back against recent expanded checks by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials... The bus line’s notice in English and Spanish advises customers on a law that allows federal officials to board without a warrant any intercity bus within 100 miles of any international border. The information...also advises passengers to contact Congress to change the law, a shift...company...would like to see. The company advises riders...they have “the right to remain silent,” to refuse a search of their belongings[,] to not answer questions about citizenship or immigration status... [and] to refuse signing paperwork without...a lawyer... Greyhound spokeswoman... said the website change and the posters...were issued to provide increased transparency and out of respect for customers’ dignity, privacy and safety. [She] said the changes followed “open and honest conversations internally as well as with human right groups”... [Refers to Amtrak].

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