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Undercover agents use fake IDs to cross border

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 2, 2006


WASHINGTON - Undercover investigators entered the United States using fake documents repeatedly this year - including some cases in which Homeland Security Department agents didn't ask for identification.

At nine border crossings, on both the Mexico and Canadian borders, agents "never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents," according to Government Accountability Office testimony to be released today.

The findings come as Congress considers delaying a 2007 deadline requiring passports or tamper-proof ID cards from all who enter the United States.

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