Gohmert Slams TSA for Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Valid ID Then Lying About It
HOUSTON, Texas -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently penned a letter that confirmed what Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby reported back in July--the agency was allowing illegal immigrants to board planes using only Notice to Appear forms that they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts the TSA's previous allegations that Darby's report was "completely wrong." Reacting to the TSA's letter, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told Breitbart Texas that the agency's handling of the situation are both "egregious" and "destructive."
"The TSA serves under and is accountable to the Commander in Chief, and this egregious, destructive conduct by the Homeland Security Department and TSA puts Americans at grave risk," Gohmert said. "Why do we have to undergo groping, thorough review of our photo ID's, and long infernal lines while the TSA is figuratively closing it's eyes and waving people with no regard for U.S. law right onto airplanes?"
The congressman continued, "Maybe the President didn't hear SOUTHCOM Commander, Gen. John Kelly, both times he made clear in Congressional testimony that the criminal networks and terrorist organizations penetrating our southern border are a threat to the very existence of the United States. That includes being a threat to whatever golf course the President happens to be on at the time."
As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Notice to Appear forms do not adequately confirm an individual's identity. Hector Garza, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Breitbart Texas that the forms can be "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."
Prior to writing its letter of admission, the TSA insisted that Darby's allegations were untrue. TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein attacked Darby and the NBPC on Twitter. After claiming that Darby's report was "completely wrong," Feinstein falsely complained that no one had “contacted us for a statement and/or info. before publishing story." Darby responded to Feinstein with a screen shot, proving that he had, indeed, attempted to reach out to the TSA for comments before publishing his story.
Garza said, ""Ross Feinstein and the TSA higher ups should apologize to the NBPC and to Brandon Darby for reporting the truth. ... Shame on Ross Feisnten and the TSA for lying to the American Public and for saying that border patrol agents, the NBPC and Brandon Darby were liars."
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