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Apparently You Don’t Always Need ID to Fly Across the Border

Apparently You Don’t Always Need ID to Fly Across the Border

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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[Featured Image: George Frey/Reuters]

View Comments (5)


  1. fotographer

    June 8, 2019 at 5:29 am

    and yet you put us thru the ringer

  2. horseymike

    June 9, 2019 at 7:39 am

    absolutely. illegal aliens are treated better than legal citiizens.

  3. KRSW

    June 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Came here to say the same as both previous commenters — What’s the point of requiring documents at all if you’re going to give criminals a free pass? After all, they intentionally and knowingly broke the law by crossing the border illegally.

  4. Fine Art Landscape Photographer

    June 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I wonder who has more priority for upgrades from Y to J / F – frequent flyer US citizen or illegal migrant?

  5. sholay

    July 1, 2019 at 5:29 am

    So, next time I am coming to the US no need for a passport?
    Because from what I can read here is that I can just walk through airport security with no documents and will get all the support from Americans.
    Then I can leave just fine because everybody supports the idea of crossing US border with no documents?
    Or I have these rules only apply to Rio Grande border but to to JFK or ORD?


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