Scott Introduces Bill Forbidding CBP One App as ID

Scott Introduces Bill Forbidding CBP One App as ID

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
March 27, 2024

Part of what has allowed the ongoing border crisis to occur is the acceptance of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) CBP One asylum processing app as a valid form of identification for migrants to travel within the United States. In response, Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a bill rolling back this allowance, requiring stricter forms of identification.

Known as the "Verifying that all Aliens have Legitimate Identification Documents," or "VALID" Act, Sen. Scott's bill would prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from accepting the CBP One app, a Notice to Report (NTR), or Notice to Appear (NTA) as valid forms of identification from migrants when entering the United States or traveling within the country. Additionally, foreign aircraft from countries accepting these as forms of ID would be barred from entering American airspace.

While the CBP One app has begun making use of biometric data to ensure accurate identification, Sen. Scott's press release claims that over 200,000 migrants have entered the country using the app as their sole form of ID.

"Biden's TSA has made the choice to allow illegal aliens with no verified identification to use the CBP One Mobile App before flying on commercial airlines into U.S. airports. This is unacceptable and dangerous. The Biden administration has intentionally made our country more dangerous with policies that put Americans at great risk and weaken U.S. national security. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation to keep Americans safe," said Scott.

Sen. Lee also said, "Every American needs to show ID to enter our country. So why do we make it simpler for illegal immigrants to come in than for our own people? As our nation grapples with an unprecedented invasion at our southern border, the VALID Act resolves to close the loopholes that have allowed 200,000 illegal immigrants into the country unchecked. The Biden administration's policies have blatantly facilitated this crisis, encouraging illegal immigration and compromising our nation's security."

Meanwhile, over in the House of Representatives, Arizona Congressman Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has written to the Department of Homeland Security demanding changes to the CBP One app, such as expanding the number of languages available.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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