America First Legal Investigates TSA’s Vetting of Illegal Aliens at American Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) vetting of illegal aliens.

Over the holiday travel season, the flying public witnessed multitudes of illegal aliens traveling through airports and boarding flights across the country. Reportedly, these groups of individuals each carried plastic bags containing their belongings and a phone and were accompanied by an interpreter—all presumably paid for by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It is unclear whether their numbers consist of, or are in addition to, the tens of thousands of illegal aliens that the Biden Administration has proposed to house at public airports.

TSA recognizes that “[a]viation is a preferred target for terrorists seeking to conduct spectacular mass-casualty attacks that cause economic damage and garner widespread media attention.” But while the TSA rigorously screens law-abiding Americans, it effectively takes illegal aliens at their word for their identities

In October 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics showing that they detained more people on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) terror watch list in fiscal year 2023 than the last six fiscal years combined. In November 2023, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a congressional hearing that 56 FBI joint terrorism task forces are occupied with threats coming across the border, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas could not confirm that CBP detains every suspected terrorist that crosses the Southwest border. 

The unauthorized mass migration of millions of illegal aliens into the interior of the United States is a national security risk being facilitated by the Biden Administration and NGOs that profit from taxpayer-subsidized interstate travel. America First Legal is committed to exposing the truth about the Biden Administration’s plans and uncovering the network of taxpayer-supported “charities” and businesses that support, facilitate, and profit from this unprecedented assault on our laws and national sovereignty.

Statement from Reed D. Rubinstein, Senior Counselor and Director of Oversight and Investigations:

“Even as American citizens and law-abiding immigrants were forced to suffer the indignities and inconvenience of Christmas-season travel at our airports, it seems DHS went out of its way to ensure illegal “migrants” received preferential treatment. Unfortunately, this was simply the most recent assault on the rule of law and American sovereignty by the Biden Administration and its allied network of “charities” and businesses that profit from mass illegal immigration. DHS Secretary Mayorkas’s cynical refusal to enforce our immigration laws, and his unrelenting efforts to facilitate the illegal entry into our country by unvetted millions, have created a ticking time bomb of social, economic, and law enforcement problems – this is a clear and present danger to our national security. AFL will keep fighting to expose the truth and working with Congress to end this national disgrace.” said Reed D. Rubinstein.

Read the FOIA here.

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