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Authorities See Rise In Fake Passports On Border

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Federal officials say they're arresting more people trying to use fake passports and visas as they try to cross California's border with Mexico.

State Department and border officials said Tuesday that 160 people are being prosecuted on charges involving the use of false documents between November 2007 and November 2008.

Officials say fewer than 20 such arrests were made in the year-ago period.

The arrests came after the government began requiring travelers to carry passports, birth certificates or other documents proving citizenship at border crossings earlier this year.

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