TSA Will Accept Illegal Aliens Driver's Privilege Card as ID to Board Aircrafts

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Legislative Update: 10/14/2014
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14 October 2014
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Last week, the Transportation Security Administration ("TSA") confirmed, contrary to claims made by illegal alien lobby organizations, that it will allow illegal aliens to board commercial airlines by presenting an Oregon driver's privilege card. (Politifact Oregon Oct. 7, 2014) Oregon's driving privilege cards will be given to illegal aliens, or any applicant who cannot prove that he or she has lawful presence in the United States, and is set for considered by Oregon voters on November 4th under Ballot Measure 88. (Id.)

The controversy arose when Lars Larson, a talk show radio host based in Portland, made public letters he received from TSA stating the agency would accept Oregon's driver's privilege card for identification at the airport. (Id.) This admission is important because the language that appears on the ballot for Measure 88, referred to as its ballot title, says: "The driver card may not be used as identification for air travel, to enter a federal building, to register to vote or to obtain any government benefit requiring proof of citizenship or lawful presence in United States." ...

Politifact Oregon contacted TSA to investigate Lars Larson's claims. (Id.) Nico Melendez, a Western Region TSA spokesman in California, responded, "State-issued driver cards would be acceptable forms of identification for our document-checkers at the airport. At this point, the understanding is that a card like this would be an acceptable form of identification." (Id.) He further commented, "What we are doing is verifying that the person who shows the card is the person who is traveling. It's not an immigration check." (Id.)

TSA's admittance that it will accept illegal aliens' driving privilege cards as a valid form of identification to board an aircraft is especially disturbing considering recent national security threats. Unlike legal immigrants, illegal aliens are not subject to stringent background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine the existence of any public safety or national security threat they might pose. Illegal aliens usually do not have valid U.S. identification or work authorization documents. Therefore, they depend on foreign or forged documents to travel on commercial airlines ...


Related: Lars Larson says Oregon driver card could be used to board a plane; is he right?

CAIRCO Research

ID Acquisition Is a Terrorist Travel Tool

One of the key rules in terrorist travel is to get a government-issued ID. Why? IDs are essential for appearing assimilated, which is important for mission success.

9/11 Terrorist IDs. All four 9/11 pilots had Florida driver's licenses, including, of course, the operational leader and first World Trade Center pilot, Mohamed Atta ...

In sum, there were 30 state-issued IDs among the 19 hijackers:

  • 18 driver's licenses/IDs issued from Florida's DMV, five of which were duplicates.
  • Eight IDs issued from Virginia's DMV, all in August 2001.
  • Two driver's licenses issued in California to Hazmi and Mihdhar, both watchlisted.
  • Hanjour, the Pentagon pilot, had four state-issued IDs, including one each from Arizona and Maryland, and was the only hijacker to attempt to take the Virginia driver's license test (he failed) ...