Counterfeit Documents Used to Enter the United States from Certain Western Hemisphere Countries Not Detected, Statement of Robert J. Cramer, Managing Director, Office of Special Investigations, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, House Committee on the Judiciary [open pdf - 78KB]
This report discusses the results of security tests performed in which agents of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), acting in an undercover capacity, entered the United States from various countries in the Western Hemisphere using counterfeit documentation and fictitious identities. The purpose of these tests was to determine whether U. S. government officials conducting inspections at ports of entry would detect the counterfeit identification documents. The counterfeit identification documents were developed for our agents by using off-the-shelf computer graphic software that is available to any purchaser. The agents entered the United States from Jamaica, Barbados, Mexico, and Canada using fictitious names, counterfeit driver's licenses and birth certificates. Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (BCBP) staff never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents, and the agents encountered no difficulty entering the country using them.
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