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Republicans Introduce Bill to Stop Illegal Migrants from Using Arrest Warrants as ID at Airports


Over a dozen Republican lawmakers announced a bill to prohibit TSA from accepting arrest warrants from illegal migrants as alternate forms of identification.

“An illegal immigrant who commits a crime should be arrested and brought before a judge,” Texas Rep. Lance Gooden said in a statement Tuesday, per BizPacReview. “The Biden Administration is instead putting our national security and American families at risk by allowing them to fly on U.S. airlines.” 

As previously reported by Human Events News, illegal immigrants flying without proper identification may present arrest warrants to airport security. 

TSA Administrator David Pekoske explained in a letter that certain DHS documents may be considered acceptable forms of identification for non-citizens, including a “Warrant for Arrest of Alien” and a “Warrant of Removal/Deportation.” 

“TSA is committed to ensuring that all travelers, regardless of immigration status, are pre-screened before they arrive to the airport, have their pre-screening status and identification verified at security checkpoints, and receive appropriate screening based on risk before entering the sterile area of the airport,” Pekoske wrote.

Pekoske said that the alien identification number found on a DHS document is processed through one or both of the following databases: the U.S. Customs and Border Protection One mobile application or TSA’s National Transportation Vetting Center. 

Those who use the alternate forms of identification undergo extra screening, per the letter.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among over a dozen Republicans supporting the legislation.  

“Illegal immigrants should not be able to board flights using warrants for their arrest or deportation, and it is ridiculous that the Biden Administration is allowing this to happen,” Rubio said in the joint press release with Gooden. “Rep. Gooden and I are working on legislation that will put a stop to this insane practice and secure air travel in this country.” 

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