At Miami International Airport, a photograph taken by political commentator Dave Rubin revealed a notice from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) concerning the entry process for migrants. According to the notice, migrants at this airport are not required to provide a photo or have their photo taken for entry into the United States.
The sign detailed a partnership between the TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to test the use of CBP One technology at certain TSA checkpoints. This technology is designed to validate the travel documentation of adult non-U.S. citizens when they do not possess an acceptable form of identification.
The process outlined in the sign involves four steps:
- The migrant notifies the TSA officer of their status.
- The TSA officer may take a photo, although this step is optional.
- The migrant, if requested, provides their alien identification number or biographic information.
- The migrant follows the officer’s instructions.
The sign emphasized that photo capture is voluntary, allowing migrants to decline having their photo taken. However, even if a migrant opts out of photo capture, they are still required to provide either their alien identification number or biographic information to the TSA officer.
CBP One, a mobile application launched in October 2020, is utilized in this process. The app helps immigrants pre-schedule appointments at ports of entry and verifies information previously provided to CBP without storing any new information. Similarly, the TSA also does not store information as part of this process.
In 2023, CBP One underwent updates to streamline photo capture and scheduling, with changes to its geolocation service and the removal of the vulnerability requirement in anticipation of the end of Title 42. Starting May 10, 2023, the application allowed for additional time to complete the appointment request process.
This policy at Miami International Airport shows that Democrats want to “lock in” their mass migration and make it harder for Trump or anyone else to track down immigrants for deportations. Once they are in, they are in.