House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants

House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants
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A group of House conservatives is seeking details on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies for screening undocumented immigrants at airports.

In a Friday letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees TSA, the Republican lawmakers raised concerns about which forms of ID are being accepted before boarding.

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“News reports have indicated that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been allowing migrants to board flights using a Form I-862, Notice to Appear, which informs a released alien of when to appear in court and is not one of the 15 forms of identification TSA accepts for air travel,” the lawmakers wrote. "The safety and security of the American public should always be our priority."

The letter was signed by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Brian Babin (Texas), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzRep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Democrats begin Mueller hearings with Watergate-era witness MORE (Fla.), Michael Cloud (Texas), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill House conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes MORE (Texas), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarTrump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon Trump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants MORE (Ariz.), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanHouse conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill MORE (S.C.) and Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants Second Republican blocks disaster aid bill's passage in House MORE (Ga.).

The lawmakers inquired about whether the immigrants undergo health screenings before boarding and if they are accompanied by law enforcement on flights.

They also asked for information regarding whether they are “required to undergo the same TSA screenings, including x-rays or full body scans and search of baggage, as all other travelers” and if airlines were notified when an undocumented immigrant was a passenger.

DHS was given a deadline of June 21 to respond.

The letter comes amid rising tensions over border and immigration issues, with some jurisdictions taking steps to push back on the administration's policies regarding immigrants who are in the country illegally.

In Seattle, King County Executive Dow Constantine (D) recently issued an executive order directing King County Airport to revise its lease practices to ban flights of immigration detainees chartered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border in May hit a 13-year high, at 132,887.