Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) pressed the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) David Pekoske on Thursday, regarding illegal immigrants using arrest warrants and deportation orders as identification to fly on American airplanes.
The TSA administrator told Hawley, “under a thousand” illegal immigrants have used arrest warrants to get on planes, so far this year.
“These individuals that have these arrest warrants, those arrest warrants were issued by the border patrol or a customs officer and they serve as the beginning of our identity verification process,” Pekoske said.
He also added that those without proper identification do get enhanced screening, however, the Senator wasn’t satisfied.
Hawley asked if “somebody who presents an arrest warrant” would be “subject to an in-person interview with the airport’s federal security director.”
In response, the TSA head stated illegal immigrants “have interviews… with the uniformed officers at the checkpoint” and “the federal security director will be brought in if needed.”
“Why would that person not be needed if you have someone who is an illegal immigrant,” Hawley replied.
“We aren’t looking if someone is illegal or illegal in the country,” the TSA Administrator shot back. “Our role is to make sure that people who might pose a risk to transportation that’s significant enough to either require enhanced screening or to not allow them to fly.”
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The Missouri Republican responded by saying, “So your position is that someone who is known to have violated the laws of the United States does not thereby need enhanced screening? You aren’t concerned about this person as a security threat?”
“There are people every day that violate the laws of the United States that fly,” Pekoske proclaimed. “We look for things that are related to transportation security.”
Hawley then questioned the idea that someone who presents a warrant for arrest, would not require enhanced screening.
When the administrator attempted to tell Hawley those individuals do, in fact, get additional screenings, Hawley said, “You’ve allowed at least a thousand people to get on airplanes this calendar year alone.”
The Senator’s questioning of the TSA comes at a time when illegal immigration is at two-decade highs and in just the last month alone, border patrol has apprehended six suspected terrorists at the southern border.
Instead of shoring up our border and instituting a reliable checkpoint system, however, illegal migrants are able to use American air transportation and move around the country freely — as the TSA refuses to intervene despite the passenger producing an arrest warrant as a valid form of ID.
Before we know it such IDs will be acceptable to present when voting in upcoming U.S. elections. The political escalation continues as the Biden administration sits idly by, continuing to stoke the flames.
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