Despite repeatedly insisting that it was not allowing illegal aliens to fly without ID, the TSA admits in a letter to Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) that a ‘notice to appear’ form alone is sufficient documentation for an individual to board an airliner.
Last month, at the height of the furore over the border situation, it emerged that the federal agency was allowing undocumented immigrants to fly without ID. Despite numerous TSA denials that this was the case, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) obtained a statement from the Border Patrol union which revealed that the TSA had reversed the policy in the aftermath of the story going public.
Despite the release of the statement, the TSA continued to insist that there was no policy which allowed people to board airlines without ID.
On July 11, TSA spokesperson Ross Feinstein tweeted, “You can’t fly by just showing a “Notice to Appear.”
The TSA again denied the story on July 17, telling KGBT, “These reports are false. A notice to appear is not an acceptable form of I.D. at the T.S.A checkpoint.”
Five days later, the federal agency made the same denial to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
However, all these denials are completely contradicted by the TSA’s August 7 letter to Rep. Marchant, which states that a ‘notice to appear’ form can be used as the only form of ID to pass through airport security.
From the letter;
“If a passenger can only present a Form I-862, TSA will attempt to establish the passenger’s identity through DHS partner Components, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If other DHS Components are able to provide corroborating information (such as that the I-862 was issued to an individual with the name provided) to permit TSA to verify an individual’s identity when taken together with all other information available, the passenger is permitted into the screening checkpoint to undergo screening.”
As Kristinn Taylor points out, the I-862 notice does not represent a secure form of identification since the name that appears on the form is whatever the illegal immigrant chose to tell border authorities and is not linked with any valid form of ID.
“TSA gave the public a false impression,” writes Taylor. “What TSA is saying is that the Notice to Appear is accepted when verified by ICE. But the verification is that a slip of paper was issued by ICE to an illegal alien whose identity cannot be verified by ICE. The illegal alien can give any name they want to ICE and be given a Notice to Appear. They themselves can be an undocumented terrorist or they can give or sell the I-862 form to a drug cartel or terrorist group so that they can penetrate the country beyond the border area.”