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    One Woman Who Knew Her Rights Forced Border Patrol off a Greyhound Bus

    Absolutely disgusting that it's come to this.

    On June 7, Tiana Smalls, whose Facebook profile describes her as owner of Fire Flower Beauty Company, was riding a Greyhound bus from Bakersfield, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. As the bus approached an agricultural checkpoint at the Nevada state line, Ms. Smalls said the driver made an unusual announcement: “We are being boarded by Border Patrol. Please be prepared to show your documentation upon request.”

    Ms. Smalls immediately reacted. According to a description she posted on Facebook, she stood up and loudly said, “This is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. You don’t have to show them *shit*!!!” She then used Google Translate to repeat her message in Spanish, reassuring the Spanish-speaking woman sitting beside her and probably countless other fellow passengers.


    Border Patrol agents boarded the bus and started to ask the passengers for their “documentation.” Ms. Smalls stood up again and shouted, “You have NO RIGHT to ask me for anything! This is harassment and racial profiling! We are not within 100 miles of a border so [these agents] have no legal right or jurisdiction here!”
    I am now beginning to wonder if those who are in favor of violating not just civil rights but human rights are ever going to understand how incredibly wrong they are, and how much damage is being done. You don't get to treat people as less than human and then have the nerve to act surprised when they retaliate.

    P.S.: Tiana posted June 8th;

    "I've gotten an almost overwhelming response from my post about the incident with border patrol. I have people from newspapers and various media who want to speak with me about the incident.
    I am NOT trying to become famous. I did what I thought was right. I ain't no damn "hero". Lol
    I am a foul mouthed lush who struggles with multiple issues behind closed doors. I didn't do what I did, or share it for accolades or thanks. I appreciate the support, but I'm just little old me. All I wanted to do was let people know that they CAN and should speak up...even if that means risking being arrested.
    So, if I'm a bit apprehensive about being responsive or speaking, please forgive me. I didn't expect this kind of response. At ALL.
    If you want to thank me, speak up the next time you see someone being discriminated against, just speak up. That's ALL I want. I appreciate the love , but please, just pay it forward.
    Thanks everyone."
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    Border patrol is all over New England and more than 100 miles from the border in some cases. Never ever saw them up here. Rumors have emerged saying ICE vehicles have been spotted sitting outside public schools. People are concerned they might be looking to pick up kids coming out of school. Totally illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Absolutely disgusting that it's come to this.



    I am now beginning to wonder if those who are in favor of violating not just civil rights but human rights are ever going to understand how incredibly wrong they are, and how much damage is being done. You don't get to treat people as less than human and then have the nerve to act surprised when they retaliate.

    P.S.: Tiana posted June 8th;

    "I've gotten an almost overwhelming response from my post about the incident with border patrol. I have people from newspapers and various media who want to speak with me about the incident.
    I am NOT trying to become famous. I did what I thought was right. I ain't no damn "hero". Lol
    I am a foul mouthed lush who struggles with multiple issues behind closed doors. I didn't do what I did, or share it for accolades or thanks. I appreciate the support, but I'm just little old me. All I wanted to do was let people know that they CAN and should speak up...even if that means risking being arrested.
    So, if I'm a bit apprehensive about being responsive or speaking, please forgive me. I didn't expect this kind of response. At ALL.
    If you want to thank me, speak up the next time you see someone being discriminated against, just speak up. That's ALL I want. I appreciate the love , but please, just pay it forward.
    Thanks everyone."
    An obvious question is that unless there is a high valued target on the bus, why in the hell would border patrol WASTE time on a bus full of people going EAST to Vegas? That eludes me. Do they just ride around and look for OPPORTUNITIES to drag people in?

    Low hanging fruit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    An obvious question is that unless there is a high valued target on the bus, why in the hell would border patrol WASTE time on a bus full of people going EAST to Vegas? That eludes me. Do they just ride around and look for OPPORTUNITIES to drag people in?

    Low hanging fruit?
    ICE is setting up checkpoints all over. So they just stop everyone and check their immigration. We have checkpoints all over here now.

    Customs and Border Protection sets up another immigration checkpoint in N.H.

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