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TSA grilled in Senate hearing one policy allowing illegal immigrants to use warrants for travel

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On Thursday, the head of the Transportation Security Administration admitted illegal immigrants have been boarding planes by using a type of warrant as identification. In only this calendar year, nearly 1,000 known migrants have traveled without proper identification.

The warrants are not criminal arrest warrants, but rather, represent “civil immigration enforcement” arrest warrants. During a Senate hearing about the TSA policy which allows for the warrants to be used as a form of travel identification, Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri grilled TSA head David Pekoske.

“How many individuals have presented TSA with arrest warrants or deportation notices and been allowed to travel this calendar year?” Hawley asked.

“Under 1,000 sir,” Pekoske replied.

Pekoske continued to say that the warrant marked the “beginning of a further verification process.”

“These individuals who have these arrest warrants, these arrest warrants were issued by Border Patrol or a customs officer, and they serve as a beginning of our identity verification process so you can’t walk up to a checkpoint, wave that form and then go right through into screening,” he said.

 

Hawley continued to question the TSA chief on why he would allow illegal immigrants with such a warrant onto a flight at all.

“We aren’t looking at whether a person is legal or illegal in the country,” he said. “Our role is to make sure that people who may pose a risk to transportation that is significant enough to require enhanced screening or to not allow them to fly.”

“So your position is someone who is known to have violated the laws of the United States does not thereby need enhanced screening?” Hawley said.

“Sir, there are people who violate the laws of the United States every day who fly,” Pekoske responded. “We look for things related to transportation security.”

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United Nations declares U.S.-Mexico border ‘deadliest’ migrant land route in the world

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The United Nations (UN) made the stark declaration that the U.S.-Mexico border is the “deadliest” land route for migrants in the world. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) revealed Tuesday it has documented the deaths or disappearances of roughly 700 migrants near the U.S. border with Mexico in 2022. The 686 total migrants dead or missing in the area make the Mexican frontier the deadliest migrant land route worldwide.

The IOM recorded 1,457 migrant deaths or disappearances in all of the Americas in 2022, meaning the border itself appears to be the site of nearly half of all migrant deaths or disappearances in the New World, reports Just The News.

“These alarming figures are a stark reminder of the need for decisive action by States. Enhancing data collection is crucial. Ultimately, what is needed is for countries to act on the data to ensure safe, regular migration routes are accessible,” said IOM Regional Director for Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean Michele Klein Solomon.

Roughly half of the disappearances or deaths were connected to attempts to cross either the Sonoran or Chihuahuan Deserts, which span the borders of both nations. More than 6 million migrants have illegally entered in the United States since President Joe Biden took office. The White House and Democratic leadership has come under severe scrutiny for its lax border policies and dangerous rhetoric giving the impression that our borders are open.

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