“There have been incidents here in Maine where immigration officials stopped people on the highway or questioned people on buses,” said Zachary Hayden of Maine, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). tells Public in Maine. The report notes that defenders of civil rights has called before Greyhound to stop allowing border agents to harass their customers. After years of pressure, Greyhound finally adopted in 2020 that it does have the power to block searches without a warrant.
The company’s previous position also came with a price, agrees to settle the case by the Washington Attorney General for $ 2.2 million.
The recent Supreme Court ruling also stems from the state of Washington, launched by a private citizen. who accused a border agent of entering his property without a warrant, assaulting him and causing a tax audit of his business. But the right-wing judges of the court “have strengthened the protection of civil servants, who are usually immune from civil cases when they are found to have acted in good faith while performing their duties”, The Washington Post reported.
These abuses threaten not only communities along the border, but also regions that are not normally considered “border states”. Border agents detained in 2018 a worker at the Vermont Dairy while leaving the dentist’s office to join the Migrant Justice organization. Internal documents will reveal later The Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) monitored the group. Migrant Justice will eventually sue ICE for harassment, settle for $ 100,000.
But the Supreme Court ruling could unleash even more abuses. This 100-mile zone also includes major cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, Chicago and New York. “Hayden says he hopes Congress will pass legislation to ensure that protecting the Constitution is a reality for all people,” the report continued.
According to Congress, this relief is not reliable. “Because Congress will never do that, that means, in essence, if the federal government violates your rights in something other than a narrow set of circumstances, if the government doesn’t want to make amends on its own, well, hard stuff.” beech, ” Aaron Reichlin-Melnik, Senior Political Adviser to the American Immigration Council said earlier this month.