Greyhound Tests Trumps Willingness to Play Hardball
It’s become clear in recent months that immigration is one of the stickiest topics of President Trump’s administration. Since he sought election in 2016 until now, he has been persistent about making positive changes to our current immigration policies, making it harder for illegals to get in and keeping our civilian populations, as well as our economy safer. However, as we have seen, not everybody is happy about these changes.
For these people, typically those to the left of the political spectrum, Trump is nothing but a racist traitor who won’t give anybody but the rich a chance. In response, they have tried to take the law into their own hands. Several Democratic-run states, counties, and cities have denied being ruled by federal law and declared themselves ‘sanctuary’ areas, allowing illegals free run of the place and their people.
And now privately-owned companies are trying the same course of action.
Greyhound, one of the oldest and largest passenger bus companies in the nation, made a statement last week that it would no longer be allowing federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to check on the immigration and/or citizenship status of any of its passengers. According to the Associated Press, each bus will be outfitted with a sticker that lets these agencies know that they are not allowed on their buses without a warrant.
“The company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public – such as company offices or any areas a person needs a ticket to access.”
The Associated Press noted that this announcement was in response to a previously leaked memo from Border Patrol that stated agents are not allowed to board private buses unless they have permission from the company. And since Greyhound has made no secret of the fact that they don’t like immigration checks on their buses, they were all too happy to no longer allow them after finding out that they legally could.
It was also noted that the email in which the company’s statement was made said this new policy could only really be applied at “non-checkpoint locations.” This means that immigration checks can still be made at routine “checkpoints” like border crossings. So really, it just limits the checks a bit but doesn’t eliminate them entirely.
However, the idea still doesn’t sit well with me. I mean, Greyhound just made it highly more probable for illegal aliens and those of the criminal persuasion to simply buy a bus ticket and travel to anywhere in the US they want without repercussions.
That is if President Trump lets them get away with this move. He may likely have a few cards stuffed up his sleeve on how to handle this. And we’ve already seen him outmaneuver entire states on immigration policies before.
When New York Governor decided he would no longer allow the federal government, particularly the DHS, to access their DMV database, Trump’s administration denied the state’s citizens access to its Trusted Travelers programs.
And while some have claimed this as another example of the President carrying out quid pro quo scenarios, it has much more logical and business-like roots. You see, if the federal government does not have access to a state’s DMV information, it can no longer appropriately vet applicants of the Trusted Traveler programs, which relies on such data to decide if people can be trusted to safely travel throughout the nation and the world without putting others at risk.
Similarly, for companies like Greyhound to be allowed to travel from state to state, it needs a Motor Carrier Number or MCN, which is issued through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the FMCSA’s job to give these numbers out only to companies who have proven that they are safe for their passengers, among other things.
Do you think a company that refuses to let the government check to see if illegal criminals are on board is safe for their passengers?
I don’t. And I’m betting Trump won’t either.
All it would take was a phone call to the FMCSA, and suddenly that Motor Carrier Number could be suspended. Greyhound would then only be legally permitted to run local in-state lines, essentially putting themselves out of business. And we all know Trump is more than capable of making such a call.