On Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) held another federal bureaucrat’s feet to the fire, this time grilling David Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), on why his agency allows illegal immigrants to board flights using arrest warrants and deportation notices as identification.
The largest revelation that came out of the questioning was Pekoske’s admission that his agency had allowed under 1,000 illegal migrants onto flights using arrest warrants or deportation notices as an ID.
At one point, Hawley questioned the administrator, “So your position is someone who is known to have violated the laws of the United States does not thereby need enhanced screening?"
Pekoske dismissively responded, "Sir, there are people who violate the laws of the United States every day who fly."
Hawley also contrasted the treatment of illegal aliens with arrest warrants to that of American citizens.
The Missouri senator told Pekoske:
Boy, I think you're going to have a hard time explaining to folks who wait for all of this time in these lines, who subject themselves voluntarily to all of the restrictions that you impose, who are patted down, who are frisked, who are asked to stop aside, who have their luggage rifled through, who have items confiscated from them, who are randomly selected—or sometimes perhaps not so randomly selected—for enhanced screenings. But you're allowing illegal aliens with warrants for arrest to get onto airplanes, and you've allowed at least a thousand of them in this calendar year. I mean, I just find that totally extraordinary.
In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Hawley called the TSA decision “utter and total contempt that this administration is showing for the law-abiding citizens of the United States.”
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