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Are Illegal Immigrants Boarding Planes Without Photo ID

Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 03:58 PM CDT
Information from KGBT.

Border patrol agents are dropping off undocumented immigrants at bus stations and at airports.   But some say those who crossed illegally into the US are able to purchase plane tickets and board flights, without a picture ID as required for any other passenger.

The National Border Patrol Council says while they are unaware of immigrants boarding planes without identification in the Rio Grande Valley. A spokesperson tells KGBT that it is happenening in Laredo...and quite frequently.

"Sad to say a normal law abiding American citizen has to remove their shoes to get on an airplane these days and go through this additional screening. For the U.S government to allow undocumented aliens access to our commercial transportation in the form of airlines is a giant security risk," said Jarrad Seely, Border Patrol Spokesman.

Seely tells KGBT that undocumented immigrants get dropped off at bus stations or airports courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security, and it's all paid for you by the taxpayer.

But that's not all. He says border patrol agents at the Laredo Airport witnessed undocumented immigrants boarding flights without being checked for identification.

Instead, they provide an I-862 Form, which is a notice to appear in court.

"There's no photograph, there's no biometric data as far as fingerprints so there is really no way to confirm they are who they say they are," Seely said.

KGBT called and emailed the transportation security administration or TSA. The spokesperson says," these reports are false. A notice to appear is not an acceptable form of ID at the TSA checkpoint."

Seely says it is happening and the court form is typically just printed from an ordinary printer without a special watermark, which raises serious security red flags if in the wrong hands.

"Having another passenger on the plane that we haven't verified their identification and these special measures have been in effect for a particular reason because of the 9/11 terror attacks," Seely said.

He says this is not just a concern for border communities, but is an issue of national security because they are able to freely travel anywhere in the U.S.

"They would have access to major international airports once they get past that security say Laredo Airport McAllen airport where they catch their connecting flight," Seely said. He says the concerns are legitimate.  "We are very uneasy about it. Some of the men I represent are very concerned."

Seely says he is unsure of just how many immigrants have been able to board flights without an ID but his sources tell him they've witnessed people, sometimes dozens board departing flights from the Laredo International Airport.

Are Illegal Immigrants Boarding Planes Without Photo ID


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