While American air travelers must present a photo ID before they can board a plane, a Biden administration official has just confirmed that nearly 1000 illegal aliens have been allowed to use arrest warrants instead.
According to the Daily Caller, that admission was made during an exchange between Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) head David Pekoske.
The head of TSA admits the Biden Administration has let nearly 1000 illegal aliens use arrest warrants as ID to get on planes this year. Think about that while you wait in line at the airport pic.twitter.com/rNIiGa8yBu
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 21, 2022
TSA is unconcerned with the legal status of travelers
Pekoske was testifying in his re-nomination hearing when he was asked about the use of arrest warrants by illegal aliens in place of government-issued identification.
“So we aren’t looking at whether a person is legal or illegal in the country,” Pekoske told Hawley at the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing for his re-nomination.
The Daily Caller noted that Hawley then asked Pekoske why the TSA takes no interest in the legal status of an airline traveler before allowing him or her to board a place.
“Because our role is to make sure that people that might pose a risk to transportation that’s significant enough to either require enhanced screening or to not allow them to fly,” Pekoske told the Republican lawmaker.
“So your position is someone who is known to have violated the laws of the United States … you’re not concerned about the person’s security?” Hawley asked.
TSA tells Daily Caller that aliens can use “civil immigration violation documents”
Pekoske replied that while people with a variety of criminal backgrounds regularly fly, the TSA is only concerned with those who may pose a threat to air travel.
That led an incredulous Hawley to repeat his question, saying, “So your position is someone who is known to have violated the laws of the United States … you’re not concerned about the person’s security?”
A TSA spokesperson was quoted as telling the Daily Caller News Foundation, “Noncitizens without a standard form of identification may instead present certain DHS-issued forms to a TSA officer.”
“These forms are civil immigration violation documents, do not include criminal arrest warrants, and are not indicative of a threat to public safety or national security.”