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By allowing warrantless “immigration sweeps” at Spokane’s Intermodal Center, Greyhound is violating state laws that protect consumers and prevent discrimination, a lawsuit filed Tuesday contends.
Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The bus sweeps have been a flashpoint locally as hundreds of immigrants have been detained or arrested while trying to board Greyhound buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center.
River City Kitchen, a new commercial kitchen, opened a few weeks ago inside the Spokane Intermodal Center. Owner Clay Cerna will offer rentable space as an incubator for food and beverage entrepreneurs to create products for the region’s restaurants and farmers markets.
The U.S. Border Patrol says agents arrested two Mexican citizens and an American smuggler who attempted to transport the pair across the Canadian border near Oroville, Washington, last weekend. Agents also arrested a Yemeni man at the Spokane Intermodal Center.
Andres Sosa Segura, 37, has filed a federal lawsuit in Spokane alleging false arrest and imprisonment during an incident at the Spokane Intermodal Center in July 2017. Sosa alleges he was profiled and threatened with deportation during a warrantless search, one of many the patrol has conducted at the station citing federal regulations allowing for such questioning.
Even when the Border Patrol books suspects into a county jail and eventually into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, immigration officials generally refuse to disclose the names of those arrested.
Spokane Mayor David Condon weighed in Tuesday on the detainment of a Portland comedian at the Spokane Intermodal Center, again insisting city leaders don’t have the authority to prevent federal agents from operating at the downtown bus station.
Despite a city ordinance that bars federal immigration agents from accessing nonpublic city property without a criminal warrant, U.S. Border Patrol arrested a former student from Kenya at the Spokane Intermodal Center this past weekend.
More than 200 people have been apprehended by border patrol around the Spokane Greyhound bus station since 2013, 30 of which were arrested last fiscal year.
Spokane’s Mayor David Condon said a new law City Council passed Monday restricting Border Patrol from searching buses in the Spokane Intermodal Center may not change the agency’s actions.
If Spokane truly is the “City of Choice,” let’s choose to do the right thing and adopt “Protecting Passenger Rights for a Safer Spokane.”
The Spokane City Council is expected to vote soon on an ordinance that bars immigration enforcement from accessing city property without a criminal warrant unless officers obtain the mayor’s permission.
U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested three people at the Spokane Intermodal Center in the past week and made nearly 200 apprehensions at the downtown bus depot since the start of fiscal 2013, according to data provided by the agency.
Andres Sosa Segura is being represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and Northwest Immigration Rights Project. He alleges he was illegally detained during a sweep by Border Patrol agents at the downtown transit hub in July 2017.
The Spokane Transit Authority will once again pay the salary of a downtown police officer under the terms of a contract approved by the organization’s board Thursday.
A man’s body was found on the train tracks next to the Intermodel Center, a train and bus station in downtown Spokane, Thursday evening.
A member of the Spokane Police Guild complained about “inadequate and unsafe” working conditions at the police precinct in Spokane’s intermodal center before the downtown precinct moved there at the end of the year.
Brad Arleth, the downtown precinct police captain, was placed on leave Monday after a member of the city administration filed a complaint alleging Arleth was insubordinate when he moved furniture to a new precinct location.
Residents in the Hillyard neighborhood won’t need long to learn that the head of the new North Police Precinct, Capt. Craig Meidl, is friendly and has a sense of humor. He’s also happy to give tours of a facility so new that there is no furniture, and the coffee pot hadn’t even been plugged in. The new police precinct at the southeast corner of Market Street and Diamond Avenue had a grand opening celebration Tuesday afternoon. Once you are past the front desk and reception area, there’s a large open room that has only two desks tucked in a corner.
Residents in the Hillyard neighborhood won’t need long to learn that the head of the new North Police Precinct, Capt. Craig Meidl, is friendly and has a sense of humor. He’s also happy to give tours of a facility so new that there is no furniture, and the coffee pot hadn’t even been plugged in.