Report: Lenient passport enforcement heightens border risk
December 20th, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Report: Lenient passport enforcement heightens border risk

The border patrol's lenient enforcement of a law requiring U.S. citizens to have passports when re-entering the country at land crossings has heightened the risk that an imposter might get in, according to a government report released Monday.

Under the law, which took effect in June 2009, U.S. citizens must show passports or some other authorized travel documents like a military ID when returning to the United States. Those who don't are supposed to undergo further screening to confirm their citizenship.

But, during a phase-in period that now has stretched over 18 months, very few travelers have been referred to secondary screening, the report from the Homeland Security department's inspector general's office found. That assertion, the study concluded, "increases the risk that someone could enter the U.S. under false pretense of citizenship."

The federal Customs and Border Protection agency, though, contends that the program is working, adding that it believes it is better to encourage compliance gradually then to enforce it right away.

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  1. phil

    If your government were truly thinking the "terrorists" will attack, they would have secured our borders by now. It's been almost a decade since 9/11, yet our borders still remain open. Like a bucket with holes, our borders leak. You are afraid, but obviously your government isn't or they would have at least tried to plug the holes by now.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tired of it

    Move along folks...nothing new on this blog....same old troll....

    December 21, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States,
    We pay taxes in order to have the government do it's job.
    As usual,it appears the government is not doing it's Job.
    As I see it,the politians are useless.Civilian over sight is the answer.
    If you do not do your job or follow procedures in the Corporate/civilian world you arre fired.It is time to get rid of Bureaucrats that are incompetent.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Texan

    Border patrol agents.....YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!! Start doing your dam.n job or get another one

    December 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Screw face

    Just get 10,000 people give them AK~47s stand on the american side of the border oh they have to be a racists and just release the hounds

    December 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Screw face

    Then take those same 10,000 and turn them loose all over america start the onslaught in california so america can go back to what what really matters

    December 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Screw face

    One last thing Harry Reid didnt care about DREAM ACT passing he just wanted to see how many MEXICANS he coul SUCKER into his RE~ELECTION and it worked SUCKERS!

    December 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Frank of the United States: ok

    December 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Screw face

    Hell no!

    December 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pw

    What idiot wants to go to Mexico, if they are killing and kidnapping tourists and Americans.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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