March 15, 2020
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Concord Coach Lines says it’s reconsidering its policy on border patrol checks

Brian Swartz | BDN
Brian Swartz | BDN
A Concord Coach Lines bus pulls away from the terminal at 1039 Union St. in Bangor in this 2014 file photo.

New Hampshire-based Concord Coach Lines said it is “reconsidering” its policy of allowing border patrol agents to board buses and perform immigration checks on passengers.

Concord’s national competitor, Greyhound, stopped the warrantless immigration checks after news reports of an internal border patrol memo which stated that agents need the consent of the bus line to do so.

ACLU chapters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been urging Concord to change its policy, Maine staff attorney Emma Bond said.

“Greyhound has shown it’s possible to do the right thing by refusing consent for these warrantless searches,” Bond said. “It’s not too late for Concord Coach to follow suit and send the message that they also want to protect their passengers.”

In a written statement, Concord Coach Lines Vice President Ben Blunt said the company is concerned that because many Concord passengers also travel on Greyhound, “conflicting policies are potentially problematic for customers.” The company said it is consulting with its national association and legal council.

In an email, a Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson says the agency does not comment on “leaked internal memos.”

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

 


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