ACLU: Get on the bus and you're home free

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Greyhound busA border enforcement advocacy group says federal immigration officers – despite the ACLU's claim to the contrary – have every right to board Greyhound buses to apprehend illegal immigrants on the run.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union are urging Greyhound to stop allowing federal agents on board to conduct immigration sweeps. ACLU affiliates in ten states sent a letter last week to the company demanding that agents be denied permission to board without a warrant or on the U.S. border.

The ACLU and other advocates of illegal immigration are complaining that agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – with the permission of Greyhound – have been searching buses more often to check the immigration status of passengers in at least seven states.

Ira Mehlman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform argues that the feds have a right to go where they believe people are violating the law.

Mehlman

"Essentially what the ACLU and these other advocacy groups are advocating is that yes, [Border Patrol agents] are free to act within a hundred miles of the border – but if somebody gets on a bus, then all bets are off," he tells OneNewsNow. "[They contend] that as soon as you get on the bus, you're off limits – and ride a hundred miles into the country and you're home free."

Federal law allows the Border Patrol to operate immigration checkpoints and conduct other activities with 100 miles of a land or coastal border. But the ACLU argues that Greyhound has the right to refuse agents permission to board its buses and interrogate passengers without a warrant or probable cause.

"[But] this is what the ACLU does," Mehlman continues. "They file these sorts of cases [and] they tend to find judges who they think are going to give them sympathetic rulings."

He adds that the groups advocating for illegal immigration "have just enormous funding" and are dedicated to undermining the integrity of U.S. immigration laws. "It is what it is – we're going to have to deal with it," he laments.

ACLU affiliates in Maine, California, Texas, Washington, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, and Arizona have joined in the demand letter [PDF].

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