Testimony of Chris Cabrera, on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council, in front of United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee March 17, 2015
"Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Carper, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to testify on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) and the 16,500 Border Patrol Agents that it represents.
It is our understanding that on July 11, 2014 at 11PM local time, TSA employees at the Laredo International Airport notified Border Patrol agents that they had received an email with instructions to no longer allow illegal aliens to fly commercially using an I-862 as their sole form of identification. The TSA employees stated that illegal aliens would be allowed to fly using an I-862 accompanied by a foreign passport or foreign ID.
This malfeasance had been occuring for several weeks putting numerous commercial flights at risk. Only after media attention was brought to bear did the federal government take action to correct it, after it was repeatedly denied by the TSA spokesperson. As of this posting no one in the federal government has publicly admitted that this was occuring or that the situation has been remedied.
These types of incidents should never happen in the first place. TSA exists because in 2001, 19 people exploited our immigration system and then brought terror to American cities via our commercial transportation system. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.