There are multiple benefits of being an illegal alien in America. If you’re lucky enough to make it across our southern border you may feel like you’ve already won the lottery, but the good news is, it only gets better from here. If you’re a criminal, America has multiple sanctuaries cities where you can get immunity from our laws. If you’re a college-age student, there’s a very good chance you’ll receive a scholarship ahead of an American citizen. If you need health care, you can get it for free in America. Your kids will get a free education, and you’ll even get a free flight to your destination…no ID required.
Americans would never head to the airport without a government issued ID or passport. TSA agents would never allow an American citizen to fly without an acceptable form of identification, but if you’re an illegal alien, good news—you can fly without an ID.
According to Townhall – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial flights once they’re released Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or Border Patrol. The illegal aliens are being flown to various parts of the country for processing, seeing as how Border Patrol stations along the southern border are overwhelmed.
Illegal aliens are allowed to board flights despite not having one of the 15 approved forms of identification.
According to the Washington Examiner, TSA has yet to change their policies or introduce a permanent solution for addressing this issue, especially as border apprehensions reach record highs.
Since January, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released from custody more than 200,000 migrants who arrived at the border as part of a family. The releases are mandatory under a 2015 court ruling that bars ICE from holding families more than 20 days.
ICE often drops people off at bus stations, where nongovernmental organizations that have been alerted to the drop-offs send volunteers to help migrants make travel arrangements to join family members in other cities. The agency then wipes its hands clean following the releases. ICE would not comment on the legal precedent for undocumented immigrants boarding flights in the U.S.
So instead, those looking to depart the border via regional airports become TSA’s burden. If TSA chose to turn away people at airports it would apply more pressure to overwhelmed bus companies like Greyhound and local motels in border towns, complicating an already dire situation for localities struggling to care for this demographic.
TSA was unaware initially which documents its security officers required for migrants to board flights.
A TSA spokesperson initially told the Washington Examiner migrants were allowed to board flights if they could present the document they are given when they apply for asylum. The Notice To Appear, known by DHS as Form I-862, is a paper that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will give to a person who has passed a credible fear screening and will have his or her asylum case decided by a federal judge as many as five years down the road.
TSA said the court order served as the individual’s identification because that person had already gone through a background check while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, ICE, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
However, a USCIS official said TSA’s knowledge of protocol was wrong and that the latter agency would not provide any type of travel authorization document to a person who has passed a credible fear screening. The official said the NTA has one purpose and that was to tell recipients when to show up for court.
With the pushback from USCIS, TSA said another possible document that might be used would be the USCIS employment card.
However, asylum seekers who have been released from custody cannot attain that paper until 180 days after a credible fear claim has been approved.
In its initial statement to the Washington Examiner on its own policy violation, the agency said “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.”
TSA issued an additional statement after publication.
“All travelers are required to provide proper documentation prior to flying. CBP, ICE and TSA have been working together for years, ensuring that those who are leaving detention facilities are provided with the proper documentation, or given additional information about proper documentation at that time,” a TSA spokesperson said in an email. “TSA has always had protocols in place for those that are unable to produce documentation and need to travel. However, we expect the vast majority of travelers to appear with one of the documents listed on our website.”
• Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
• U.S. passport
• U.S. passport card
• DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
• Permanent resident card
• Border crossing card
• DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
• Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
• HSPD-12 PIV card
• Foreign government-issued passport
* Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
• Transportation worker identification credential
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
What do you think about our treatment of illegal aliens? Do you agree with Democrats that they are treated terribly by our government or do you think we do too much for people who skirt the law to enter our country without having to apply and wait for citizenship like millions before them who did it the proper way?