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Immigration fraud in city to be targeted

Federal officials yesterday named Baltimore as one of six major U.S. cities to host a new task force targeting immigration document fraud.

Officials from the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, State, and other federal and local agencies, will join forces in Baltimore as well as in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, Ariz.., San Francisco and Tampa, Fla.

Document fraud refers to the manufacture, sale or use of counterfeit identity documents -- such as fake driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards or passports -- for immigration fraud. Document fraud also involves efforts to obtain genuine documents through fraudulent means.

Officials said these activities have helped illegal immigrants, criminals and even terrorists evade detection and appear as seemingly legitimate citizens.

Matthew Dolan


: Cylburn

Tree giveaway scheduled for today

An Arbor Day tree giveaway by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave.

The Arbor Day celebration will include plantings, demonstrations and food, as well as an awards presentation for children who participated in a poster and poem contest.

The trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, with a maximum of two trees per household.

Information or registration: 410-396-7900, or https:--active cityrecandpark/.


Web site reports repaving projects

City officials launched a campaign yesterday to help residents keep track of construction projects this year. Through its Web site -- www.baltimorecity. gov/orangecone -- the Department of Transportation will provide updates as workers resurface an expected 148.58 lane miles of roadway. Operation Orange Cone will also focus on alley improvements, bridge rehabilitation, bike-lane striping, footway repair, resurfacing, reconstruction and milling and paving, an announcement said. "Almost every neighborhood ... will see orange cones in the street... marking our work," said Transportation Director Alfred H. Foxx.

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