According to several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been violating its own policy when it comes to deporting undocumented immigrants. For the past six months, DHS reports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been flying undocumented migrants across the border without any of the 15 identifying documents that they require of all other passengers.
Since January 2019, ICE has released more than 200,000 people held in custody. Often, they drop them off at the nearest bus station where volunteers help them make travel arrangements to join family members in other cities. After they are dropped off, ICE is no longer involved. If those people need to travel further, the TSA has been allowing them to fly even if they don’t have valid identification.
A spokesperson for the TSA responded to the accusations by saying that the migrants do have some documentation (even if it isn’t one of the 15 types they customarily accept): their asylum applications (DHS Form I-862). This document, the TSA argues, proves that the person has 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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official said that the TSA is wrong about that. The form is merely a Notice to Appear and shouldn’t clear anyone to travel.
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