Can an illegal immigrant (with a valid Mexican Passport) travel on US domestic flights without being deported?

Asked about 1 year ago - Norwalk, CA

She came to the U.S. when she was 3 years old & obviously do not have a visa.

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Very risky. If she is eligible for DACA, she should apply.

    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration... more
  2. Kelechi Charles Emeziem

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    Answered . It depends on if she is stopped for any reason. Ordinarily, her Mexican passport may be sufficient identification to allow her on a domestic flight. If for any reason a law enforcement officer needs further identification or if she is accused of committing a crime and is arrested. The situation changes and she may be subject to a deportation proceedings.

  3. Christine Swenson

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . She can do it. TSA is only to check that she is the person holding the ticket. They should not examine her passport beyond the bio/photo page. And, if a TSA officer tried to do that, she should object.

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