Breitbart vindicated: TSA let foreign nationals board with form I-862

TSA Twitter feed

A sampler of Tweets from the TSA feed on Friday showed criticism of the agency’s deception on lax standards for foreign nationals boarding planes.

A dustup flared between media outlet Breitbart and the Transportation Security Administration in July:

“Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby broke the news that the TSA was letting illegal aliens board planes using Notice to Appear forms; subsequently, a TSA spokesperson publicly attacked Darby on Twitter, insisting that his report was ‘completely wrong.’”

Turns out Darby was correct. 

A letter TSA sent to Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), a member of the newly formed Border Security Caucus, confirms that aliens could board a plane by using form I-862.

Immigration attorneys routinely publish samples of this form on their websites. Form I-862 is bare bones—very little personal information is requested.

The letter to Marchant contained this passage:

“If a passenger can only present a Form I-862, TSA will attempt to establish the passenger’s identity through DHS partner Components, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If other DHS Components are able to provide corroborating information (such as that the I-862 was issued to an individual with the name provided) to permit TSA to verify an individual’s identity when taken together with all other information available, the passenger is permitted into the screening checkpoint to undergo screening. If unable to verify the passenger’s identity, TSA will deny access to the screening checkpoint.”

For comparison, view the requirements TSA holds U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to.

Breitbart ran an article on Friday to clear the air and vindicate the Texas reporter as well as the Border Patrol Council who had expressed concerns about the security lapse:

“Hector Garza, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Darby that Notice to Appear forms can ‘easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.’”

On Friday, Twitter carried messages from concerned members about the TSA’s deception. Follow TSA on the social media site: @TSA.

The TSA dustup is another in a spate of controversies about what the government tells Americans it does and what it actually does.

The easing of TSA protocol for foreign nationals upends advice in the 9/11 Commission report to strengthen border and immigration security. Joshua Katz, who as of the first quarter of 2014 was listed as an advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security, has spoken out about the potential for a national security breach because of current policy on the U.S. southern border. Many foreign nationals, mostly young adults, recently breached the southern border, with the president’s cabinet level agencies doing little to stem the influx.

Featured Photo: Snip of the Transportation Security Administration Twitter feed on Friday.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Aug. 22, 2014)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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