BP union claims released immigrants are without photo identification

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LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - The union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents said Monday that TSA and border patrol agents monitoring airport checkpoints are allowing illegal immigrants to pass without photo identification.

Every undocumented immigrant who has been released in recent weeks is released with a packet telling them where to go and what to do.

From the cities where they're released, immigrants are traveling to stay with family members by bus or airplane.

Their papers, labeled I-862, include a court date and identifying information. The national border patrol council said agents at Laredo International Airport are accepting the packets.

"That was a concern that was brought to us by our agents. They had really no way to confirm the person in front of them presenting this paperwork, I-862, was actually the person who they claim to be. And obviously this has some security risks associated with it," said Jarrad Seely, a representative with the union in Laredo.

The transportation security administration responded in a written statement Monday.

"These reports are false. A Notice to Appear, issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is not an acceptable form of ID at the TSA checkpoint," said the statement.

"At the checkpoint, this documentation will be authenticated by TSA’s Identity Verification Call Center (IVCC), the same center that processes U.S. travelers who may have lost, or forgotten, their government-issued ID."

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