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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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Congressman Biggs to Unveil Impeachment Articles Against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will unveil his 118th Congress impeachment articles against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Biggs, along with dozens of Republican congressional members, will hold a press conference at The House Triangle in the United States Capitol.

At least 15 members of Congress will provide remarks advocating for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Congressman Biggs was the first member of Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, as early as August 2021.

The escalating border crisis during the Biden administration has led Biggs and other members to conclude Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In late December, The Washington Examiner reported on Biggs’ cited three examples of how he said Mayorkas broke the law.

“First, Secretary Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control of the border as required under the law,” he said, quoting the Secure Fence Act of 2006’s definition of operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”

He added: “Second, he may have lied to Congress when he testified that he was maintaining operational control of the border.

The third illegal action, Biggs said, was how Mayorkas had not detained illegal immigrants and instead released more than 1 million people into the U.S.

“The law is clear illegal aliens shall be detained,” Biggs said.

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