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Why Is Border Patrol Stopping Greyhound Buses in Pennsylvania?

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Asylum seekers stand at the Greyhound bus station in downtown El Paso, Texas, late on December 23rd, 2018.

According to NBC News, some Greyhound passengers grew angry in April when Border Patrol agents stopped their bus, boarded, and asked Latinx passengers about their citizenship status—in Pennsylvania.

Border Patrol’s jurisdiction might seem straightforward: The United States has two borders, and Border Patrol patrols them both. But for Customs and Border Protection agents, the border means something quite different than a line between the United States and Mexico and Canada. According to U.S. law, the “border zone” is a 100-mile swath of area that stretches inwards from Mexico, Canada, and every coast.

That means Border Patrol can perform traffic stops and searches (on both private vehicles and Greyhound buses) not just in El Paso, but also in cities like Philadelphia, Portland, and Chicago. As Pacific Standard reported in April, Border Patrol and CBP agents have full jurisdiction in the border zone—an area inhabited by the majority of Americans:



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