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A California Woman Told Greyhound Bus Passengers Their Legal Right Not To Show Border Patrol Documentation

Tiana Smalls / Facebook

As we reported in April, Grey Hound has approved the entrance of border patrol agents on their buses even if they’re not 100 miles from the border. Grey Hound’s reason for allowing this is that they are “complying with the law.” It’s legal for border patrol agents to request documentation from people if they’re within 100 miles of the border.

One Grey Hound passenger stood up against Border Patrol boarding her bus. Tiana Smalls was on a bus from Bakersfield, California to Las Vegas when she reminded passengers about their Constitutional rights.

At least three people have already been detained by immigration officials as they were abroad a Grey Hound bus.

A Southern California woman was recently on a Grey Hound when border agents asked for documentation.

CREDIT: Tiana Smalls

Tiana Smalls was on June 6, she was on a bus from Bakersfield, California to Las Vegas to visit family. She said, in a Facebook post, that there was a checkpoint when they got to the California/Nevada state line — which is typical.

She said the bus driver made an announcement: “We are being boarded by Border Patrol. Please be prepared to show your documentation upon request”.

That’s when, according to the Facebook post, Smalls knew that she had to speak up.

She said she stood up and said loudly: “This is a violation of your 4th amendment rights. You don’t have to show them sh*t.”

CREDIT: Twitter/@Calichicaa

Smalls said in her post that her Spanish isn’t good, so she used Google Translate to tell other Spanish-speaking passengers that what agents intended to do was illegal.

“Esto es una violación de los derechos de su cuarta enmienda. ¡No tienes que mostrarles nada! Esto es ilegal No cumples, y no tengas miedo. Están equivocados, y no dejaremos pasar esto.”

She went on to say that there was a woman who didn’t speak English and looked terrified.

“I reassured her that I had her back,” Smalls wrote.

Once the border agents entered and asked for ID, the woman told them: “I’m not showing you sh*t.”

“I’m not driving this bus, so you have NO RIGHT to ask me for anything! And the rest of you guys don’t have to show them anything, either,” Smalls recounted in her post. “This is harassment and racial profiling! Don’t show them a goddamn thing! We are not within 100 miles of a border so they have NO LEGAL RIGHT or jurisdiction here! GOOGLE IT!”

She alleges the border agent responded by saying: “Fine. We can see that you’re a citizen because of your filthy mouth.”

Smalls said once they realized she would be giving them a hard time, the agents got off the bus.

“These border patrol officers act like they do because they EXPECT people to be afraid of them and just comply,” Smalls wrote. “The lady next to me spoke NO ENGLISH, but she was a very kind woman. She looked TERRIFIED when they boarded. I felt it was my duty to defend her.”

Smalls asked: “Use your voice. Take a risk. Because if you let them intimidate the poor Spanish speaking woman next to you, who do you think they’re coming for next?”


READ: Greyhound Claims To Be Following The Law By Allowing Border Patrol Agents To Question Passengers’ Citizenship

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Here's Why A DACA Beneficiary Was Forced To Leave The US To Mexico, Where He Was Kidnapped And Killed

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Here’s Why A DACA Beneficiary Was Forced To Leave The US To Mexico, Where He Was Kidnapped And Killed

Manuel Cano

Nineteen-year-old Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco — a former DACA beneficiary — returned to Mexico, after being advised to do so by his lawyer.

Cano Pacheco lived in Des Moines, Iowa, after coming to the U.S illegally at the age of three and attended high school there. However, last year Cano Pacheco was charged with two misdemeanors, which meant that he lost his DACA status, CNN reports. That meant that Cano Pacheco was now vulnerable for deportation.

While awaiting his immigration hearing, Cano Pacheco was charged with yet another misdemeanor and his lawyer advised him to leave the U.S. voluntarily in order to not face the harsh penalties of a formal deportation, which could include being barred from re-entering the U.S. for ten years.

On April 10, Cano Pacheco returned to Mexico and three weeks later he was killed.

His family say they have no idea why Cano Pacheco would be targeted considering he had yet to meet up with any family there.

“He didn’t have any problems,” his mother said, according to CNN. “He didn’t know anyone in Mexico. He didn’t even know our family until he got there. He went to the store at 5 p.m. on a Friday. Then he went missing.”

On May 18, ABC News is reporting that Cano Pacheco was kidnapped and killed in Zacatecas, Mexico.

His family could not attend his funeral in Mexico because his mom didn’t want to risk not being able to return to the U.S.

“The entire family is devastated,” his mother said to CNN. “I almost wanted to return to Mexico but my other children don’t have passports and I would risk not being able to come back. We’ve never left the country before.”

Cano Pacheco leaves behind three siblings and a one-year son.

“He was really happy in Iowa. It was the only home he knew,” his mom said. “He loved school and loved soccer. On his days off from school he would work as a mechanic.”


READ: After Four Years Fighting In The Marines, This Deported Veteran Came Back To The US In A Casket

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