Some residents jittery after false reports of ICE buses, raids

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The driver of a chartered bus from Absolute Transportation in Des Moines parked his vehicle Saturday while eating his lunch, according to a company spokesperson.

Unsubstantiated reports began to circulate on social media about midday Saturday about a bus from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency parked in Perry. The reports appear to be false.

Inquiries with the Perry Police Department and the bus company suggest there were no enforcement actions happening in Perry Saturday.


Ralph at Absolute Transportation, the name on the side of the bus parked along Iowa Highway 141, said he was aware of only one of his company’s buses in the Perry area Saturday.

“We have one bus that’s going on its way to Jamaica,” the Des Moines-based charter bus company spokesperson said. “He’s probably eating lunch would be my guess.”

He said Absolute Transportation charters buses for “weddings,¬†corporate events, party buses, many kinds of events.” There are about a dozen buses in the Absolute fleet, he said.

A meeting last week by Hispanics United For Perry discussed the ways people can prepare themselves and their affairs for a possible immigration raid by federal police.

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