BOSTON — Federal officials could not explain Friday how more than 30 immigrants charged with being here illegally got clearance to take flying lessons at an airstrip outside Boston.
Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from taking flight lessons under rules revamped after the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks. But the 33 Brazilians, arrested over the last few months and awaiting deportation hearings, somehow managed to get instruction at TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field in Stow, a rural town about 30 miles northwest of Boston.
Their instructor, also Brazilian, has also been charged with being here illegally, according to a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Not only the students but the instructor was here illegally? What next? Are we going to find out that the person that busted the instructor is here illegally, too?
Michelle Malkin is appropriately upset--and points out the absurdity of the fact that these illegal aliens passed the TSA background check required for all student pilots. I confess that the latest TSA screening rules--with genital groping for those who don't want the Superman screening done--have me more than a little annoyed. I am not so much annoyed by the intrusive screening as the realization, from this case aforementioned, that they can't seem to figure out how to do the sort of screening that doesn't freak out anyone.