A big topic for me is finding alternatives to the port-pass used for travel. The port-pass is simply a travel document in a sturdy format. On this topic, I read now that non-citizen migrants can board planes using their civil immigration arrest warrant, per Fox News.
“For non-citizens and non-U.S. nationals who do not otherwise have acceptable forms of ID for presentation at security checkpoints, TSA may also accept certain DHS-issued forms, including ICE Form I-200 (Warrant for Arrest of an Alien),” a TSA spokesperson told Fox News. That refers to a civil immigration arrest warrant, not a criminal arrest warrant.
“The agency added that the document will then be validated via an “alien identification number” being checked against a number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) databases. (source)
I don’t think this document/warrant has a photo. Maybe one is attached, but that’s a lot less verifiable than the photos embedded into the port-pass.
Makes me think that we can use travel papers and attach a photo, if a photo is even needed. A travel paper could be the long-form birth certificate along with an affidavit stating who one is. The DHS is welcome to search a state’s database, if they have access, to search for the name on the long-form birth certificate.
The non-Citizen migrants also present a letter stating the reasons the migrant should be allowed on the flight. We could make our own letter in the form of a declaration.
A packet given to migrants, and obtained by Gooden’s office via a whistleblower, included flight information, copies of the Notice to Appear from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a list of pro bono legal service providers, maps of major cities in the U.S. and information and legal assistance in Spanish.
It also includes a letter from the nonprofit to be handed to TSA officials, urging them to be allowed onto a flight with the limited ID they have that the letter says should be adequate for them to be searched in the Secure Flight program. (source)
Lastly, note that ‘domestic‘ means DC and the territories, in the context of the DHS and the federal government. We know this because we sent letters ‘Without United States‘. It may be necessary to first question the jurisdiction of the DHS team if one is traveling within one of the 50 states, as this is without United States.
Is this interstate commerce? Well for the airplane company it might be. But for the passenger, it is not. The passenger is traveling. The DHS may have the jurisdiction to regulate how the airline operates, but not how the passengers travel. It’s like a policy officer pulling over a taxi and then proceeding to arrest the passenger. Preposterous!
It would be great if someone could find the letter referenced above and post the language below in a comment.