Americans require federal ID in order to fly. But, the TSA allows illegal immigrants to show warrants.
Citizens and US permanent residents seeking to fly need to show a federally issued ‘real ID’ with a matching photo at airports, but people who are in the country illegally are allowed to use their arrest warrants as an alternative, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
In a letter addressed to Lance Gooden, a Republican from Texas (Rep. ), the agency stated that media reports had been confirmed by the agency. “Warrant for Arrest of Alien”And a “Warrant of Removal/Deportation”The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which issues these forms of identification, considers them acceptable for alternative identification. Non-citizens must then go through further screening.
“TSA is committed to ensuring that all travelers, regardless of immigration status, are pre-screened before they arrive to the airport, have their pre-screening status and identification verified at security checkpoints, and receive appropriate screening based on risk before entering the sterile area of the airport,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske wrote.
NEW: A statement by @FoxNewsTSA has confirmed to us that they allow illegal immigrants to present their passports at the airport security checkpoints. These individuals are subject to additional screening and have their DHS documents validated through cross-checking CBP databases. pic.twitter.com/U2PjCrOkgH
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 21, 2022
Pekoske added that the alien identification number found on the DHS document is checked against the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) One mobile app, TSA’s National Transportation Vetting Center (NTVC) database, or both.
As for the scale of this undertaking, Pekoske’s letter said that the TSA processed 45,577 non-citizens through the NTVC – of which 44,974 had their documents verified – and “around 60,000”CBP One: Between January 1st and October 31st 2021.
“TSA’s response confirms the Biden administration is knowingly putting our national security at risk,”Gooden spoke to the Daily Caller. “Unknown and unvetted immigrants shouldn’t even be in the country, much less flying without proper identification.”
Gooden sent his inquiry to TSA on December 15 after receiving information from Border Patrol that DHS has to often have to “take migrants at their word that they are who they say they are”The agency accepts ID as valid identification when it issues them documentation.
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