Four senators have called on China's U.S. ambassador to crack down on Chinese companies that are producing fake U.S. driver's licenses and other documents.
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"Counterfeit identification documents violate our nation's laws and undermine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement to keep our communities safe," they wrote. "Given the obvious public safety and national security risks, we write to request that the Chinese government take immediate action against these companies."
"The companies understand the harm in their behavior, which is why they mail the identification documents to their customers concealed in puzzles or clothing," they wrote.
"These companies are profiting form the facilitation of crimes committed in the United States, and provide no legitimate service," they said. "We ask the Chinese government to take a strong stance and work to put an end to these companies."