CTA clarifies purpose behind bag checks at Red Line stations

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CHICAGO — Rumors spread fast on social media that immigration status checkpoints were happening on the CTA’s Red Line. Turns out it wasn’t true.

The CTA says the checks were a part of random bag checks, that’s been happening since 2014.

The transit agency says its workers did not nor do they ask for IDs during the checks.

The CTA tweeted a statement debunking the rumor and emphasizing that everyone is welcome to use public transportation in Chicago.

The agency also emphasized it does not support ID checkpoints to verify immigration status.