OAKLAND — Immigrants riding BART, regardless of their legal status, will now be able to breathe a little easier.
The agency’s governing board on Thursday approved a “Safe Transit” policy that closely mirrors the spirit of sanctuary city policies in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, where police officers are directed not to expend resources enforcing federal immigration laws.
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BART’s policy would also forbid employees, including its police officers, from questioning riders or other employees about their immigration status. The same is true for prospective vendors or new hires. And, it forbids BART employees from using someone’s immigration status to deny or threaten to deny benefits for employees or riders, or sharing information regarding a detainee’s custody status.
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