TSA Allows Illegal Border-Crossers to Fly Using Their Arrest Warrants as ID



If you live in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, or Washington state, you will need to shell out some additional cash if you want a driver’s license that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will accept as valid ID at the airport. The reason for this inconvenience and expense is so that these states can continue to offer regular driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

But what if you just crossed the border illegally, and been sprung from custody by the Biden administration instead of being detained or returned to your homeland, but you still need to board a plane in order to get to your preferred destination within the United States (at taxpayers’ expense)? No problem. The TSA – the same agency that will turn you away if you haven’t coughed up for an enhanced license – has adopted a policy that allows people who arrived here, literally yesterday, and about whom we know absolutely nothing, to board a flight using their civil immigration arrest warrants as a valid form of ID! (Speaking of coughing up, chances are they’re not being tested for COVID either.)

If this policy strikes you as a tad absurd, you are not alone. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt who successfully sued the Biden administration over its open borders policy that led it to scrap the Remain in Mexico policy (a judgment the administration is blatantly defying), is similarly astonished by the administration’s open-skies for illegal aliens policy.

“The idea that a federal law enforcement agency would look the other way as individuals openly admit – indeed provide documentation of the fact – that they are fugitives from American justice stretches and strains credulity,” Schmitt wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “So egregious is this open and willful disregard for the rule of law and for the welfare of American citizens that I would not have believed it had not the TSA verified that it was true.”

Members of Congress also have a few questions about this policy and 22 of them, led by Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas), put them in their own letter to Mayorkas. The response, according Gooden’s office “was both inadequate and misleading, with Administrator [David] Pekoske claiming travelers that do not have documentation included on TSA’s acceptable forms of ID list must provide two additional forms of ID.” Inadequate and misleading would aptly summarize the Biden administration’s transparency on just about all matters relating to immigration policy (and many others).

Two Republican House members, Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.) and Rodney Davis (Ill.) have introduced legislation they are calling the Crime Doesn’t Fly Act, which would bar TSA from accepting federal arrest warrants as a valid form of ID. The chances of Nancy Pelosi bringing the bill to the floor, and Chuck Schumer bringing it up in the Senate, and President Biden holding a Rose Garden signing ceremony…Well, get used to the idea that the guy sitting next to you on the plane could be someone that the agency charged with keeping you safe doesn’t have the vaguest idea about who he really is.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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