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Old 06-05-2002, 06:35 PM   #1
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U.S. Unveils Fingerprint Plan, Angers Arab Groups

U.S. Unveils Fingerprint Plan, Angers Arab Groups

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Wednesday that the U.S. government will fingerprint, photograph and register about 100,000 foreign visitors during the first year alone of an anti-terrorism effort that outraged lawmakers and Arab and immigration groups who say Middle Eastern men will be targeted.
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The American Civil Liberties Union criticized Ashcroft's latest measures as "discriminatory" and likely ineffective.

U.S. officials were aware of complaints that the plan amounted to a form of profiling because it targeted mainly Middle Eastern men. They denied that was the intent and defended the measure as necessary after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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