Greyhound Lines, Inc. the largest private intercity bus line in the Fifty States has given the middle finger to DHS and ICE/CBP/Border Patrol, according to stories like this one in the Florida Times. DHS agents will no longer be allowed to board their buses to find and confront border jumpers: illegal immigrants, without prior consent by Greyhound.
In this, Greyhound will be joining many municipal and regional government buslines, joining local police forces in denying DHS an opportunity to find border jumpers on public transportation. This may be in response to a California lawsuit claiming that Greyhound denies “consumer protection” to its passengers.
The company will also deny access to “non-public” areas of their terminals to those same LEO, without warrants. (Or maybe even with warrants.)
Greyhound claims it will also be violating federal law, which the company says explicitly states that warrants are not required for federal agents to board and inspect commercial bus lines. Apparently, Greyhound does not intend even to honor search warrants for buses. However, it may allow such boarding by giving consent to an agency request (not a warrant).
Greyhound apparently did not state whether or not state or local law enforcement will be allowed on their buses. The language of the announcement seems, however, to apply to ALL federal agents, including FBI, DEA, and BATFE.
Greyhound is being hailed as a hero for supposedly ending discrimination and intimidation and racial profiling, by various regressive activists.
However, what Greyhound claims is NOT what DHS says is the case. A CBP agency memo contradicts Greyhound on what are called (by the media) “bus raids.” CBP says that agents ONLY board buses if they have the consent of the bus owner or an owner’s employee.
So what gives?
Do we take the tact that the FedGov protects people – including bus passengers from illegal immigrants (who may also be criminals for more than just border-jumping), gun-runners, drug-runners, and fugitives from the law? If so, does Greyhound actually give its passengers true “consumer protection?” Or are they putting their passengers at greater risks from other passengers?
If we understand that law enforcement agents (federal or otherwise) exist solely to tyrannize people – including border jumpers? Then Greyhound’s actions make little sense. There are many ways that law enforcement officers can deal with bus passengers.
Setting up drug checkpoints OUTSIDE terminals, or setting up checkpoints for drugs or other reasons along highways, seems to be a no-brainer. I have no doubt that a government drug-sniffing dog will find some evidence of drugs on-board the passengers of ANY commercial inter- or intra-city bus in the country. And then, how long will the passengers of the bus be held up, either outside the terminal or in the middle of the road? Some “consumer protection.”
I can understand how and why Greyhound would do this, but it isn’t about consumer protection or caring for their passengers. It is about the company survival and kowtowing to the politically correct and thuggish government at the local level. And about the stupidity of their corporate management. Do they really want to tick off the FedGov more than they do the State of California, or some other state or local government?
It is a confusing mess, and one rooted in stupid government actions at virtually every level.
It will not end well.