After Concord Coach Line's national competitor Greyhound stopped allowing random immigration checks on its buses, and after pressure from civil rights groups, the New Hampshire-based company says it will no longer consent to such checks on its buses.
ACLU of Maine staff attorney Emma Bond says it was absolutely the right thing to do.
“Refusing consent for these warrentless searches protects the community,” says Bond. “It's what the community has been asking for. We've had enough of these warrantless searches and racial profiling from CBP.”
In a statement, Concord Vice President Ben Blunt said the company's employees have been given cards that will communicate the denial to Border Patrol agents. The statement says it is instructing agents not to physically impede agents from boarding a bus, if they have other lawful grounds or otherwise insist on boarding.