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Greyhound Will Block Immigration Sweeps on Buses in Washington State

Plus: Farmworkers rally for migrant rights, and migrants are held in Texas jails for weeks without charges

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Greyhound Lines, the country’s largest bus company, will now block immigration agents from conducting sweeps without warrants on their buses and in their bus stations in Washington state. A new lawsuit settled with Washington state means the company will also have to pay $2.2 million in the form of legal fees and restitution. Though Greyhound said in February of 2020 that it would no longer be allowing sweeps, the new settlement forced Greyhound to “cover the state’s legal fees and pay restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested, or deported after immigration agents boarded their bus.” NBC

In other national immigration news…

Idaho Woman Joins Rally for Farmworker Rights

Beatrice Santiago started working in agricultural fields when she was just 13. She was one of many farmworkers and advocates who traveled to Washington D.C. last week to urge Congress to pass immigration reform. Santiago is from Homedale, Idaho, and is now a senior at the University of Idaho. She marched with United Farm Workers n last week’s rally. “It was very emotional, just seeing everybody and I can see my family reflected when I saw each of these farmworkers. You can just tell how passionate everyone was,” Santiago said. Idaho News 6

Arrested Migrants Held in Texas Prisons for Weeks Without Charges, Legal Help

Hundreds of migrants arrested under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s “catch and jail” border policy have been imprisoned for weeks without charges filed against them. Dozens are being held without access to lawyers, and most of the men are Latino. Many don’t speak English. “Arrested on the border and dropped in prisons hundreds of miles away, they’ve spent weeks or months with little to no legal help, few opportunities to talk to their families and often fewer chances to find out what is happening to them or how long they will be imprisoned,” the Texas Tribune reports. The Texas Tribune

Haitian Americans in Michigan Protest Treatment of Migrants at Border

Haitian Americans gathered in Detroit this weekend to condemn the treatment of Haitian migrants at the southern border seeking asylum in the United States and urged the Biden administration to change its ways. Dozens of advocates gathered together, with some chanting in Creole and waving the flag of Haiti. The advocates expressed discontent at what some viewed as an extension of Trump-era border policies. We “are outraged about the appalling treatment of the Haitians at the border,” said Hervé Leonard, a Haitian American advocate. The Detroit Free Press

Miami’s Police Chief Compares City Leaders to Cuban Dictators

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo came to Miami after a high profile stretch in Houston. Many residents celebrate his arrival, as he was a Cuban immigrant taking the top cop position in the city home to the country’s largest concentration of Cuban Americans. But after clashes with city commissioners, Acavedo’s job is threatened. Acevedo has “denounced how commissioners tried to influence an internal affairs investigation and then retaliated by defunding top positions in the Police Department’s budget,” and said that he and his family might as well have remained in Cuba because the environment “would be no better than the repressive regime and the police state we left behind” in Miami. The New York Times

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