APNewsBreak: Migrant families must wait outside bus stations

2 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, March 15 2019 Mar 15, 2019 March 15, 2019 11:43 AM March 15, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

PHOENIX (AP) - Greyhound Lines Inc. is no longer allowing U.S. authorities to drop off immigrant families inside bus stations, forcing those who have been released from custody to wait outside until they have a ticket.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Friday that it had been asked to leave migrants outside the facility.

Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker said the company is experiencing an "unprecedented increase of individuals" at certain bus terminals and that travelers need tickets to get in.

For years, ICE has dropped off migrants at Greyhound stations after releasing them pending court hearings, often for asylum. They often wait long hours until someone can buy them a ticket.

Outside the Phoenix station Thursday, about 15 adults and five children were waiting in a shaded area near a parking lot. Some said they had been there for about seven hours.

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