Spokane City Council President expresses concern about CBP at Intermodal Facility

Spokane City Council President

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart released a letter Tuesday he wrote to Greyhound regarding Spokane’s Human Rights Law.

On Twitter, Stuckart writes, “I am concerned about the activities of Border Patrol at the city-owned Intermodal Facility. I am particularly concerned about the passive actions of Greyhound that allow CBP agents to board their private buses & interrogate passengers simply passing through our community.”

In his letter to Greyhound executives, Stuckart writes in part, “I am writing to express my concern that Greyhound’s decision to allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials onto their buses at the Intermodal Center in Spokane…may violate Title 18 of the Spokane Municipal Code.”

Stuckart explains Title 18 of the Municipal Code prohibits discrimination. Stuckart says over the past year, he has learned that Greyhound routinely grants CBP access to its passengers at the Intermodal center. He says reports indicate CBP may be “unfairly targeting people of color, in part by making assumptions about their citizenship status.”

Stuckart requests a meeting with Greyhound to “discuss this issue with you further and to understand whether you would consider alternative actions Greyhound can take to ensure that all people, regardless of their race or national origin, feel welcome in your buses and stations.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.