With reports of the feds making arrests in restaurants, courthouses, and even on their way to prom, undocumented people can have nowhere to feel safe. But for those living around San Francisco, they shouldn’t have any trouble from train cops.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit board passed a resolution prohibiting employees ask riders their immigration status, a move directly undermining President Donald Trump’s call to deport as many as 3 million unauthorized immigrants, including those formerly protected under the Obama administration.
The resolution bars the use of district funds to enforce federal immigration law, unless required to by federal or state statute, regulation or court decision. BART police officers are not allowed to assist or cooperate in the investigation or arrest of a rider or obtain his or her legal status under the resolution.
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“The point of this was not to just make a political statement, the point of this was to make sure our riders knew that they would feel safe,” said BART Board President Rebecca Saltzman in an interview with Jalopnik.
A transit officer in Minneapolis recently came under fire for asking a rider if he was “here illegally,” leading to the arrest of the passenger. Transit agencies in Chicago and Portland both recently reassured passengers that they would not participate in ICE raids.