TSA Allowing Illegals To Use Arrest Warrants As Travel ID

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has become the most visible part of the significant changes to air travel in the last 20 years. Proper identification is the centerpiece of enhanced travel security, and TSA says 16 acceptable forms of ID can be used to travel by air in the US.

The primary forms of acceptable ID include official government documents like driver’s licenses, passports, military ID, and immigration documents. Now, illegal aliens without typical ID forms can use their arrest warrants to travel by air inside the US.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske responded to an official inquiry sent last month from Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) about how illegal aliens manage domestic air travel in the country. Pekoske explained that TSA accepts certain documents produced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for travel, including a “Warrant for Arrest of Alien” and deportation warrants.

Gooden responded by observing that the Biden Administration knowingly allows “unknown and unvetted” migrants who shouldn’t be inside the country to travel by air without proper ID.

Pekoske stated in his response that TSA works to pre-screen travels “regardless of immigration status.” He said that his agency conducted screening “based on risk” before travelers are permitted entry into a “sterile area” inside American airports.

He added that an “alien identification number” shown on an arrest warrant is processed through a Customs and Border Protection or National Transportation Vetting Center database. He also claimed that travelers showing arrest warrants as ID undergo “extra screening.”

Gooden said that border patrol officers had told him that they are often required to “take migrants at their word” about their actual identity when issued the arrest warrant documents now relied upon by TSA.

Pekoske said that if an individual cannot be identified by processing an identification number, the Federal Security Director at the airport must determine what additional screening should be used or if the person should be denied entry to an airplane.

The TSA response did not detail what, if any, steps are taken to report illegal aliens subject to a deportation or arrest warrant to relevant law enforcement agencies.