Several people have sent me this story: “TSA ADMITS LYING ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS FLYING WITHOUT PROPER ID”
Texas — A new letter from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admits that illegal aliens were being allowed to board planes using Notice to Appear forms they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts a TSA statement last month denying such allegations to various media outlets, including Breitbart News.
First, this is as much of a non-story as there could possibly be if you claim to care about airport security. A
National government-issued ID has nothing whatsoever to do with keeping terrorists off of planes.
The strongest argument for an ID is:
- The no-fly list is important
- If we don’t know who people are, folks on the no-fly list could use a different name to circumvent it.
Nonetheless, it turns out that there’s really not much in the way of deviation from standard procedure going on here.
Anyone can fly without ID. The TSA has procedures in place for people without ID, such as people who forgot their ID or from whom it was stolen.
They just want to know the passenger isn’t on the list of people that have been (properly or improperly, it’s often indistinguishable which is which) deemed a risk to fly. And they do that in the case of people who don’t carry paperwork attesting to their legal presence in the U.S.
Because, freedom. Such as it is, and what is left of it, when it comes to air travel. The US is one of only 3 countries without departure immigration, for instance. While we are coming dangerously close to having to show our papers to move around designated areas, we aren’t exactly there. Complaints that illegal immigrants aren’t having their legal status checked whenever coming into contact with bureaucrats is misplaced.
The TSA is actually harmful, not merely ineffective. So relaxing requirements should be deemed a good thing!
And here they’re just following procedure — procedures you wouldn’t want them not to have.
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