Illegal immigrants can board airplanes with California’s driver licenses despite repeated guarantees to the contrary.
A whistleblower from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has turned over documents to Gotnews.com that contradict media reports that illegal immigrants may not travel within the U.S. with a California driver’s license.
A memo from Eric Beane, director of operations performance, security operations dated January 6, 2015 says that TSA accepts the illegal immigrant driver’s licenses for travel within the U.S.
At this time, TSA accepts both compliant and non-compliant driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs. When an individual presents a driver’s license or state-issued ID with ‘not for official purposes,’ ‘not for federal use,’ or similar language imprinted, the TDC officer must accept the ID using the procedure in Section 3.2. In the future, TSA will implement a plan to fully endorse the REAL ID Act, including changing the procedure as to these licenses. [Emphasis in the original]
The whistleblower contacted us with the memo. “In essence the states says “no you can’t” but the feds are saying “Si se puede (Yes you can)!” he said.
“Today during morning briefing, we were instructed that the new illegal alien drivers licenses (ie: AB60 drivers’ licenses) which specifically state something to the effect of “Not valid for Federal use—not a valid Federal ID” will be an accepted form of “government ID” to board a plane to fly,” the TSA whistleblower said. “Considering that they have found Isis militants and Muslims crossing the southern border this is certain to be security threat—which the TSA is unconcerned about.”
The whistleblower turned over the documents to Gotnews.com and said he was motivated by patriotism and concern for the safety of Americans. “Some of the 9-11 hijackers were illegal aliens and or in the country with expired visas,” he noted. “I am sure those with illegal alien drivers licenses could be of the same ilk.”
DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said last month that the California driver’s licenses would not be used to board planes. She says the “licenses have a marker that says ‘federal limits apply,’ which Gonzalez said prevents them from being used to board an airline and for federal purposes, according to Reuters.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the special illegal alien licenses would not be used for boarding a plane. “The special licenses will feature text explaining that they are ‘not acceptable for official federal purposes,’ such as boarding an airplane,” wrote Kate Linthicum on December 31, 2014.
The Voice of America also said that the license cannot be used for flying.
“While the new licenses look just like regular ones, there is one exception: the top right corner says ‘Federal Limits Apply.’ That means the license cannot be used to board an airplane or enter a federal building,” writes Elizabeth Lee of VOA News.com.
A recent study by the Migration Policy Institute found that 3.16 million illegal immigrants live in California. One in ten illegal immigrants live in Los Angeles County alone.