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Sanctuary Buses

In Business, Culture, Illegal immigration, National Security by Allen West


Well, just when you think it could not get any worse, a story like this comes along. We have sanctuary States. We have sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. Now, it appears, we have sanctuary buses. Yes, folks, you read that right, we now have in our America, sanctuary buses.

As reported by Fox News:

“Greyhound said Friday it would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents without a warrant from boarding its buses to conduct immigration checks as bus companies continue to face pressure from civil rights advocates over the practice.

The announcement comes after an Associated Press report said a Jan. 28 Border Patrol memo contradicted Greyhound’s stance that it had to allow the agents on its buses under federal law. The company has maintained it didn’t agree with the checks but had no choice but to comply.

The memo addressed to all chief patrol agents and signed by then-Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost before her retirement said agents can’t board private buses without consent from bus companies. “When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states. Border agents regularly climb onto buses within 100 miles of the border to ask passengers about their immigration status. Some have been captured on video, prompting outrage from immigration advocate groups.”

This decision comes on the heels of a five-time deported criminal illegal immigrant, Margarito Vargas-Rosas being arrested for making threats to kill passengers on a Greyhound bus traveling from Wisconsin to Chicago. Even when ordered to pull over, the Greyhound bus driver would not, forcing the police to use metal spikes to stop the bus.

I had a discussion with a Texas Department of Public Safety senior law enforcement officer on this topic. He adamantly articulated to me how this assertion by Greyhound would do nothing but undermine the job of law enforcement here in Texas seeking to protect the public. He stated that all illegal immigrants must now do is get into the United States, Texas, and get to a “stash house” where they can await the opportunity to board a Greyhound bus and get anywhere inside the United States.

I just gotta tell you, if I were president, I would call and ask the president of Greyhound for a meeting at the White House to discuss this decision. I would try to get them to understand the consequences, dire ramifications, of this decision. I would have our Head of DHS and US Border Patrol to brief him on the most recent apprehensions of individuals entering our country illegally and ask if they wanted Greyhound to be part of enabling illegal activity in these United States. I would humbly, kindly, ask the president of Greyhound, and the Board Chairman if they also attended, to reconsider this position.

If they refused to reconsider and rescind this policy, then I would inform the president of Greyhound that their buses would not be allowed the use of any federal government highway system. If they would not permit checks of their buses within a designated radius of our border, I would have no other choice but to restrict their operations near our border. If they would not consent to probable cause checks of their buses outside the designated border zone, then their use of the federal government interstate and highway system would be restricted. It would be imperative for me to convey to the Greyhound leadership that the safety and security of American citizens is my utmost duty and responsibility.

I support private sector businesses, but will not surrender our rule of law to those who cower to special interest groups seeking to undermine our Constitutional Republic’s sovereignty.

These advocacy groups who pressure Greyhound into making this horrific, lawless decision should be exposed. Just imagine this potential scenario: what happens when a group of terrorists who entered our nation illegally take bus passengers hostage? I am sure the president of Greyhound would call federal law enforcement agents to rectify the situation, then. A scenario in which he would have taken part in creating.

Perhaps they can call on the advocacy groups to deal with the potential situation, like what happened in Wisconsin with a five-time deported criminal illegal immigrant on a Greyhound bus.

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