The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) claims that Breitbart News’ report that TSA officials are allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airlines without valid identification and by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms is false and inaccurate reporting.
In a sequence of tweets between Ross Feinstein, press secretary/spokesman of the TSA, and Managing Director of Breitbart Texas, Brandon Darby, Feinstein trashed Darby’s sources, saying that National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) spokesman Hector Garza and Shawn Moran, the vice president of the NBPC, are inaccurate.
Moran stated in Darby’s report on Friday: “Why waste money and effort transporting people from the [Rio Grande Valley] if we are only going to release them with no real way to track them? Why are we allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer[?]”
Feinstein claimed in his tweet that Darby’s report “is completely wrong.” He contended that no one had “contacted us for a statement and/or info. before publishing story.” Darby responded to the accusation, saying he did send a message to the TSA’s email address, showing Feinstein the address firstname.lastname@example.org, and told Feinstein to “learn to check your emails with the money we are paying you.”
Feinstein told Darby that was the wrong email address. Darby repeated that he had sent a notice to the TSA email and asked if TSA was using the same web designer as Healthcare.gov. According to Twitchy Media, Darby points out, it’s not the first time Department of Homeland Security officials have called out his National Border Patrol Council sources. Darby linked to an incident in which the San Diego sector of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tweeted that one of Darby’s stories was “erroneous.” After Darby’s NBPC sources publicly stood by the article, the San Diego CBP quietly deleted its tweet.
Darby told Feinstein he stands by his sources and said, “You guys lie. Take up your issue with the Border Patrol union, but I believe them.”