Wednesday, January 07, 2004

New identification procedures for visitors to the US
The United States has beefed up its defense against unwelcome terrorist visitors by now requiring all visitors, save from Canada and European countries, to be photographed and biometrically profiled upon arrival in the US. The reaction from around the world has been varied, but one Brazilian judge, as the New York Times reprts, was so furious that Brazilians would have to be fingerprinted and photographed that he took revenge.

"I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis," the judge, Julier Sebastiao da Silva, said last week in a court order subjecting all Americans entering Brazil to the same practice.

Visitors from the Philippines are probably not exempted from the hassle of profiling, but Singapore is exempted though as the above report tells us.

Online Newshour discusses the pros and cons of the new ID procedures with Mark Kirkorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Jeanne Butterfield, head of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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