BART board approves policy aimed at preventing immigration arrests

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The BART board of directors voted 8-1 in favor of the Safe Transit Policy aiming to prevent immigration raids on its trains and in its stations.

The policy prohibits BART from using any of its resources to enforce federal immigration law, and prohibits the agency’s police or employees from asking riders about their immigration status.

“We will now be spending our resources keeping BART riders safe, not deporting them,” said Director Nick Josefowitz, sponsor of the policy along with Director Lateefah Simon.

BART is the first transit system in the nation to pass a Safe Transit Policy, “and I hope other regions follow,” Simon added.