The Oklahoman

Greyhound Lines settles lawsuit over immigratio­n sweeps


Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit over the bus line’s practice of allowing U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents to board its buses in Washington state to conduct warrantles­s immigratio­n sweeps, the state attorney general said Monday.

The bus company failed to warn customers of the sweeps, misreprese­nted its role in allowing the sweeps to occur and subjected its passengers to discrimina­tion based on skin color or national origin, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.

The money will provide restitutio­n to those passengers who were detained, arrested or deported after immigratio­n agents boarded buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center. The amount of restitutio­n each individual receives will depend on the number of claims and the severity of harms suffered due to Greyhound’s conduct, Ferguson said.

Greyhound, based in Dallas, issued a brief statement saying it was pleased with the settlement.

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