Yesterday, local news media reported that the City of McAllen was working on developing temporary City-issued IDs to assist in resolving an issue concerning migrants crossing local points of entry and clearing Transportation Security Administration pre-boarding inspection at McAllen International Airport. This report was based on initial information that access to flights was prohibited without photo identification. City of McAllen officials worked to address the initial reports of denied access to flights, it was determined that access was, in fact, not denied but instead delayed due to the complexities related to the identity verification process of immigrants boarding flights at McAllen International Airport.
Currently, the City of McAllen, continue to work with U. S. Border Patrol and Transportation Security Administration to resolve this situation to alleviate flight access delays at the Transportation Security Administration pre-boarding checkpoint.
The City of McAllen recognizes the myriad challenges that U. S. Border Patrol faces in addressing the migrant situation and the dedication of U. S. Border Patrol employees in addressing those challenges. Thanks to the partnership with and help by the U. S. Border Patrol, the concern will be resolved. U. S. Border Patrol has committed to increased staffing at the McAllen International Airport in order to facilitate the transport of migrants from that location. The City of McAllen looks forward to a continued partnership with all organizations and entities committed to this process.