Customs and Border Protection Report: Fraudulent Documents

It happens everyday people attempt to enter the U.S. with fake I.D TMs!

CBP officers at the ports of entry maintain their vigilance at primary inspection and keep their eyes peeled for fraudulent documents.

"CBP officers rely on their training and expertise to determine whether the individuals have violated any type of immigration law, said David Moreno, Assistant Port Director at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. They will then be referred to secondary for a more intensified examination."

Using their interviewing skills and technology, officers determine whether they have an impostor on their hands, who may be using a legitimate document that belongs to someone else or if the pedestrian or traveler is using an altered document to attempt to gain entry to the U.S.

Nonetheless, with the advancement of software by criminal elements- the job is tough.

"Throughout the years, I've noticed the documents are better quality and of course now it's a big business, they are charging more for these particular documents than before because the quality is a lot better," said Moreno.

Last year alone, CBP officers at South Texas ports of entry intercepted a total of 24,625 non-U.S. citizens who were arrested for attempting to pass off fraudulent documents.

After detecting a violation of immigration law, CBP enforcement officers take over the case and secure federal prosecution.

Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison or more.