“TSA is responsible for checking foreign nationals who apply for flight training in the United States or with FAA-certified flight training providers anywhere in the world. TSA performs a thorough background check on each applicant at the time of application to include terrorism and other watch list matching, a criminal history check and checks for available disqualifying immigration information,” TSA said in a statement.
This was AFTER it was discovered that they had allowed Illegal Aliens take flight lessons because they didn’t bother to check! 😦
The owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy and more than 30 students accused of being in the United States illegally received clearance to train as pilots despite strict security controls put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Each of the three showed documents from the TSA approving pilot lessons through the federal agency’s alien flight student program.
The unbelievable story comes via a Massachusetts news station that exposes the government’s failure to adequately protect the nation since Middle Eastern terrorists, trained at American flight schools, crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. As a result of the 2001 massacre, the government supposedly implemented strict security measures to prevent undocumented foreigners from training at American flight schools.
Incredibly, illegal immigrants still get cleared to take flight lessons because the Homeland Security agency (Transportation Security Administration—TSA) that approves candidates doesn’t bother checking the central agency’s immigration database when it screens foreign flight-school applicants. That means flight schools throughout the U.S. could easily be filled with undocumented foreigners that could represent a national security threat. (boston.com and others)
The Department of Homeland Security is sending out smoke signals that it’s on the verge of pulling the plug on SBInet, a high-tech border security system being tested in the Arizona border region.
DHS’ decision could prove to be bad news for border states that need all the help they can get from the federal government in gaining control of our southern border.
SBInet is comprised of a system of ground sensors, mobile surveillance units and radars integrated into a common operating picture that is designed to serve as a force multiplier for Border Patrol agents working in the field. The system represents an ambitious use of technology that can aid in drug interdiction, apprehension of illegal aliens and can save immigrants’ lives out in the desert.
SBInet represents the type of forward thinking we need when it comes to border security. We’ll never have enough Border Patrol agents to cover the vast area between San Diego, Calif., and Brownsville, Texas, never mind the huge expanse of the U.S.-Canada border.
As for a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, wasn’t it current DHS Secretary and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano who said, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border”?
DHS, unfortunately, citing cost overruns and poor performance, is poised to cut off funding of the system.
So the government can’t even get the crappy border “security” right.
Here’s an idea….BUILD THE DAMN WALL!
You can’t seem to do any better, after all this the “most secure” the border has been in decades after all, according to Big Sis! 🙂