ABSTRACT

Weaknesses in Screening Entrants into the United States: Statement of Robert J. Cramer, Managing Director Office of Special Investigations: Testimony Before the Committee on Finance United States Senate   [open pdf - 46KB]

This is the testimony of Robert J. Cramer before the Senate Committee on Finance. Mr. Cramer describes how easy it is to enter into the United States with fake documents: "In summary, we created fictitious driver's licenses and birth certificates using off-the-shelf computer graphic software that is available to any purchaser. In addition, we obtained and carried credit cards in the fictitious names that were used in these tests. Our agents entered the United States from Canada, Mexico, and Jamaica through ports of entry using fictitious names and these counterfeit identification documents. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and U.S. Customs Service officials never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents, and our agents encountered no difficulty entering the country using them. On two occasions, INS officials did not ask for or inspect any identification documents when our agents entered the United States. On another occasion an agent was able to walk across a major border checkpoint and was not stopped or inspected by any government official."

Report Number:
GAO-03-438T
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Date:
2003-01-30
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