Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Investigators cross borders with fake IDs, names


A U.S. Border Patrol agent arrests a suspected illegal immigrant last spring near Yuma, Arizona.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the latest test of U.S. border security, Government Accountability Office investigators penetrated all nine U.S. border crossings they checked using fake IDs and phony names, according to the agency.

Terrorists or criminals can "pass freely into the United States ... with little or no chance of being detected," the GAO concludes in testimony to be delivered Wednesday to the Senate Finance Committee. (Full story)

Using readily available computers and software to create counterfeit driver's licenses and documents, investigators tested crossings in California, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, New York, Idaho and Washington state.

In all cases, Customs and Border Protection agents "never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents," the GAO said. Similar tests in 2003 produced similar results.
Posted By Jeanne Meserve, CNN America Bureau: 8/02/2006 12:32:00 PM ET | Permalink
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