Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents have reportedly allowed illegal immigrants access to commercial airline flights without providing the proper photo identification or documentation. The neglect of security from the TSA agents has been documented inside two separate Texas airports. (Laredo & El Paso)
According to the Washington Examiner, multiple TSA agents over the last six months allowed illegal immigrants, who have been previously deported, access to flights across the entire country. These immigrants were granted access to pass through airline security while lacking to provide any of the 15 accepted documents used as a form of identification from TSA.
"Late last week, we were told by border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas that they had observed TSA accepting I-862 notice to appear in court documents from illegal aliens who had just been released from border patrol custody, and allowing them to fly," said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.
"A couple of days ago, we found out the same type of situation was occurring in El Paso, Texas at their airport. We did receive reports that in El Paso, illegal aliens were walked around security, much to the dismay of U.S. citizens who were standing in line waiting to be screened. We heard it directly from border patrol agents who notified the union that this activity was happening."
Since the beginning of 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have released more than 200,000 illegal immigrants who have tried to cross the border with family members. These releases are mandatory, under federal law ICE officials cannot hold immigrant families for more than 20 days. Via the Washington Examiner.
When a group of illegals have hit that 20-day holding threshold, ICE will then drop these migrants off at bus stations. ICE completely detaches all responsibility at this point. Once the drop off is completed, "non-govermental organizations" are alerted and “volunteers” are sent to help the released illegals make travel plans to other U.S. cities.
Illegal immigrants have relied more on crossing the border through air travel, putting added safety responsibility on the back of TSA officials. If TSA agents were willing to step up and turn illegals away from these airports it would help organize the already struggling situation at our border.
Texas TSA officials said they were “unaware” of specific documents needed for illegal immigrants to pass security, and eventually board a plane. Although standard TSA regulations state that passengers over the age of 18, boarding flights out of the country “must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the 15 acceptable forms of identification include “USCIS worker’s document, as well as a driver's licenses or state ID; U.S. passport or passport card; a DHS-trusted traveler cards; a Defense ID card; permanent resident card; a border crossing card; a DHS-designated enhanced driver's license; a federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID; an HSPD-12 PIV card; a foreign government-issued passport; a Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card; a transportation worker identification credential; a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential; and a USCIS Employment Authorization Card (I-766).”
TSA agents have previously stated that they thought immigrants were allowed to fly commercially if they were able to present their application approval document for asylum. The document is known as form I-862, which is given to a migrant after successfully being screened for their asylum case. Texas TSA agents accepted court ordered asylum documents as a form of identification because the illegal immigrant has “already gone through a background check while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, ICE, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.” Via the Washington Examiner.
USCIS officials have stepped in and determined TSA’s protocol to be completely wrong, the asylum document presented to the cleared immigrant is solely used to inform the person when to show up for their scheduled court date.
"These documents are easily reproduced on any type of copier or home computer, they have no photographs, so there's really no way to verify that the person holding them is actually who they say they are," said vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. "We're just concerned that the commercial transportation system could be exploited by somebody claiming to be another person."
TSA recently released a statement saying, “TSA accepts identification documentation issued by other government agencies, which is validated through the issuing agency. All passengers are then subject to appropriate screening measures.”
“You will not be allowed to enter the security checkpoint if your identity cannot be confirmed, you chose to not provide proper identification or you decline to cooperate with the identity verification process.”