Clueless Chelsea blasts ‘horrible’ story feds checked IDs on flight–never mind it turned out to be nothing

Oh, the horror of “Trump’s America!”

It always pays to check before you jump to conclusions.

When Chelsea Clinton heard that Customs and Border Patrol agents were checking identifications of passengers departing a domestic flight, she immediately added two and two and came up with five.

Images of Gestapo agents demanding “Papers, please,” apparently echoed in her brain, and sent her followers into a tizzy.

The agents were checking people disembarking Delta flight 1583 at New York’s JFK airport Wednesday night, which originated in San Francisco. Vice News video editor Anne Garrett was on that flight and reported:

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Clinton picked up on this and immediately thought the worst — this is America in 2017 — Trump’s America. She tweeted:

Her message was delivered through a huge megaphone — she has more than a million-and-a-half followers. They include some members of the media who were all too eager to run with story…

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Actually, someone did manage to “get to the bottom of this,” and it had nothing to do with President Trump “rounding up all illegals.”

It turned out that Customs and Border Patrol agents were requested to check IDs of passengers departing that specific flight to look for a specific illegal immigrant who was the subject of a deportation order.

The Washington Post reported:

According to the agency, two CBP agents asked passengers who had been on Delta Flight 1583 from San Francisco to show their identification while deplaning after landing at John F. Kennedy Airport at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. The search was conducted at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, CBP said in a statement, but the person they were seeking was not on the flight.

 

The individual was something of a “bad hombre,” who received a deportation order after committing multiple criminal offenses including domestic assault, driving while impaired, and violating a protective order.

New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer Jordan Well told the Post that this is nothing unusual.

“They’ll occasionally pull someone off of a flight, or officers will come on and make an arrest,” Wells said. “It’s a much more surgical thing than setting up a dragnet. That’s what is so alarming about the way that this played out.”

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The Vice News passenger who originally raised the alarm could have avoided all the drama had she simply checked for CBP agents checking papers on the other flight arrivals.

But that wouldn’t have been as much fun, and Chelsea Clinton would have been denied her “America in 2017” observation.

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