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‘Listen to immigrants,’ Republicans criticize process that allows illegal immigrants to pass through airport security without identification

Jennie Taer

  • An email exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation details the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) process for screening undocumented illegal migrants at airports and reveals that it is being used frequently.
  • Republican lawmakers are raising concerns about the vetting process, saying it poses major national security risks.
  • “TSA and nonprofit groups are putting millions of Americans traveling for Christmas at risk by allowing these unidentified and undisclosed migrants to board planes and fly across the country. ,’ Representative Lance Gooden of the Texas Republican Party told the DCNF.

Republican lawmakers are raising concerns about illegal immigrants undocumented is traveling on commercial flights around the country, according to an email obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The email revealed that the national moderation center used by the TSA processed more than 42,000 U.S. non-citizens and non-citizens requesting document authentication between the beginning of the year and mid-October.

Texas Republican Representative Lance Gooden probed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of his office’s investigation into whistleblower documents alleging an operation to move migrants across the country without standard documentation. .

Gooden, along with the Republican Delegates. David McKinley of West Virginia and Mary Miller of Illinois send an official letter dated November 15 to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, asking about the possible national security implications of allowing illegal migrants to fly “without identification.” fit.”

The TSA has yet to respond to the letter. However, DCNF did receive an email it sent to Gooden’s office about the process of clearing migrants to access secure areas of the airport.

The TSA says it accepts alternative forms of identification including Summons letter (NTA) in court, according to email. Prior to obtaining the NTA, or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) / U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), border agents will process biometrics of migrants, photographing them and operating under CBP. According to CBP, any name given to border agents is a processed name unless the biometric data matches other names.

Gooden told DCNF that on a recent trip to the southern border, CBP agents told him that the NTA was not sufficiently documented to ensure the identity of travelers.

“When I asked a border patrol officer about the TSA allowing migrants to fly without identification, they told me the Notice of Appearance was not enough identifying information and they often had to obey the person. emigrate that they are who they are,” said Gooden. “TSA and nonprofit groups are putting millions of Americans traveling for Christmas at risk by allowing these unidentified and undisclosed migrants to board planes and fly across the country.” .

According to the TSA, there is a process to screen individuals with alternative forms of identification.

“TDC [TSA’s Travel Document Checker] often verify a traveler’s identity with an acceptable form of ID (for example, a government-issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport that has not been expired for more than a year), the TSA said in the email. “In collaboration with DHS partners, TSA have also identified alternative ID forms for use in special circumstances at checkpoints, where non-US citizens or stateless persons do not have an acceptable form of ID. ”

They added: “For travelers who would normally lack alternative or acceptable forms of ID, the TSA calls the National Transportation Testing Center (NTVC), which attempts to verify identity. of a traveler using that individual’s information along with information from various commercial and government databases. ”

For migrants traveling with DHS or ICE/CBP documents, such as the NTA, TDC will look up the alien identification number. To authenticate documents, TSA said it uses the CBP One phone app to search the individual in the CBP database or call NTVC to look up the immigration document number and match the name and boarding pass. tourists.

Migrants traveling with alternative forms of identification will be subject to additional physical and baggage checks.

If the migrant’s identity cannot be established through an acceptable form of identification, the airport’s Federal Security Director (FSD) will decide whether to allow them through the TSA, according to the statement. email.

“FSD has the sole discretion to determine that there is no acceptable level of screening to reduce risk and, therefore, the individual should be denied access to a sterile area of ​​the airport,” the email states.

As of January 1, approximately 147 non-citizens and non-citizens presented DHS or ICE/CBP documents that required NTVC authentication, according to the email. Between January 1 and October 17, the NTVC processed 42,844 US non-citizens and noncitizens requesting document authentication, 30,925 of which flew out of border airports. . Between January 1 and October 14, TSA used CBP One approximately 38,000 times.

Former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who previously held a number of top roles at TSA under both the George W. Bush and Trump administrations told DCNF that the process still allows for risks even when there are already in place. inspection measures.

“Is the risk greater than the need to bring them on board? It’s the ultimate issue of today that more and more individuals are flying undocumented, the risk profile increases, and the more they do, the more hypothetical DHS and TSA risks, ‘ said Wolf. “What I argue is that you don’t have to take that risk. They’re choosing to take that risk on board commercial aircraft. “

The TSA has confirmed to the DCNF that there is a process to verify the identity of a migration who has immigration documents and commercial tickets flight. The agency did not respond to our request for the latest U.S. noncitizen and noncitizen processing numbers.

“TSA works with CBP and uses the resources available to the agency to verify the identity of every traveler to ensure that transportation security is not compromised,” a TSA spokesperson said. Migrant identity verification is verified by acceptable document forms issued by immigration authorities, as well as other foreign-issued documents and passports to identify tourists.

DHS did not respond to a request for comment and ICE referred DCNF to CBP.

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