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Old 06-05-2002, 07:35 PM   #1
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U.S. Unveils Fingerprint Plan, Angers Arab Groups

U.S. Unveils Fingerprint Plan, Angers Arab Groups

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.
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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