Now this just seems like next-level trolling by the Biden Administration Department of Homeland Security. The Transportation Security Administration says that undocumented immigrants “who are unable to obtain proper identification” can “pass through security using an arrest warrant to prove their identity.”
According to TSA Administrator David Pekoske,
[C]ertain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents may be considered acceptable alternate forms of identification, including a ‘Warrant for Arrest of Alien’ and a ‘Warrant of Removal/Deportation.’
Other acceptable forms include an Order of Release on Recognizance, an Order of Supervision, a Notice to Appear, and Arrival and Departure form or an Alien Booking Record…If the traveler does not have acceptable ID, two forms of alternate ID are required and they are subject to additional screening.
Despite insistence by the government that passengers have to have a REAL ID-compliant document to pass through airport security (now delayed until May 2023), people go through security every day without presenting photo ID. The TSA then seeks alternative means of establishing identity, such as these documents and ‘challenge questions’ drawn from a commercially-developed database.
Of course it’s not clear that the documents provided to apprehended undocumented immigrants reference their actual names, before crossing the border I’d probably practice saying that I was born in East L.A.. Nonetheless, “DHS said that an average of 159 passengers fly throughout the U.S. using these DHS-issued documents per day.”
According to TSA’s administrator,
[The agency] 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
He’s gaslighting of course because TSA claims to need to establish identity in order to match travelers against a database, so if the identity provided on these documents isn’t verified then there really is no “pre-screen[ing] before they arrive to the airport.” There is, of course, a nude-o-scope, option for full body massage, and ban on bringing bottled water through the checkpoint.
[…] This process is meaningless, though, if people can change the name they fly under. So in 2005 Congress passed requirements for IDs that are harder to fake. Since then, however, rules requiring people to actually have a ‘REAL ID’ have been kicked down the road. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic I said this would be the perfect excuse to delay it again because nobody wanted travelers hassled or refused entry past security weeks before a presidential election. So they pushed it out to March 3, 2023. […]