Immigrants and allies of the Rochester Rapid Response Network gathered Thursday to call on bus companies to make a change in policy.
The group is asking for companies to stop allowing Border Patrol to board buses and approach passengers without a warrant. Advocates say these actions violate customers’ rights.
They’re calling on the Greyhound Bus Company to protect customers from what they say is racial profiling.
“If Border Patrol needs to get on and investigate a situation, they can get a warrant and get on to those buses, but Greyhound is letting them on and letting them on the property,” said Carly Fox, worker rights advocate.
Greyhound tells News 8 that they are required to comply with all local state and federal laws but understand routine transportation checks can negatively impact some customers.
We are required to comply with all local, state and federal laws and cooperate with the relevant enforcement agencies if they ask to board our buses or enter stations. Unfortunately, even routine transportation checks negatively impact our operations and some customers directly. We encourage anyone with concerns about what happened to reach out directly to these agencies. Greyhound is also reaching out to the agencies to see if there is anything we can do on our end to minimize any negative effect of this process.