David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief
When some illegal immigrants are released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), they are literally flying from the border, reportedly without valid identification.
The border crisis has put such a strain on bus lines and local accommodation that the Transport Security Administration (TSA) is apparently violating its own security measures, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.
Central American migrants, moving in a caravan through Juchitan, Oaxaca are pictured atop a train known as “The Beast” while continuing their journey toward the United States, in Mexico April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jose de Jesus Cortes
For six months now, the TSA has been ignoring the rules it created to make the skies safer for travelers in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There are 15 documents that the TSA considers to be valid for a passenger to board an aircraft. Illegal immigrants typically hold none of these.
Since January, ICE has been forced to release more than 200,000 migrants who arrived illegally to the U.S. but arrived nonetheless as a family. According to the Examiner, a 2015 court order forbade ICE from keeping families in detention for more than 20 days so when that time limit is reached, the agency usually drops the migrants off on the streets or at a bus station where they are free to travel. (RELATED: Report: ICE Dumps Off Illegal Immigrants On Streets Of Texas)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on Feb. 7, 2017. Picture taken on February 7, 2017. Courtesy Charles Reed/U.S. REUTERS
But some are choosing to travel by air. Yet the TSA website says anyone over the age 18 who hopes to board a domestic or international flight “must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.”
The only document migrants might have in their possession would be a Notice To Appear (NTA) paper, something they receive from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after their initial refugee assessment. The document is a literal promise to appear before an immigration judge who will decide whether the migrant iRead More – Source