Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which operates San Francisco’s public transit system, has joined two other public transit systems in Chicago and Portland in reassuring riders that it will not conduct immigration raids on its vehicles or target immigrants applying for jobs with BART. BART’s Safe Transit Policy bars its employees from asking riders or job applicants about their immigration status and limits its cooperation with federal authorities in conducting immigration checks and arrests. The fears of BART riders and other public transit companies are not unfounded. Rumors have surfaced in recent months about Immigration and Customs Enforcement checkpoints being set up outside BART stations and public transit stops in other American cities. These rumors have prompted the transit companies to enact policies designed to protect their riders from ICE agents. BART’s newly enacted policy is indicative of the city and state’s progressive stance on immigration, particularly in light of the Trump administration’s stated campaign goals on the enforcement of immigration laws. San Francisco, in particular, has been a national leader in resisting the efforts of the federal government to enforce immigration laws in an unprecedented and aggressive manner. The BART policy is in line with the city’s lawsuit to safeguard its federal funding in light of its sanctuary city status, even as the Trump-era Department of Justice has threatened to withhold federal funding. In April, a San Francisco federal court ruled that the federal government could not withhold federal funds to from so-called sanctuary cities and localities, whom have pledged to limit their cooperation with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated their practice to protecting the interests of immigrants who are seeking to remain in the U.S. and facing potential deportation, whether due to a visa overstay or another reason. We are prepared to build the strongest case possible in order to defend you against deportation. Contact us today to set up your legal consultation and discover what assistance we can offer to you and your family.