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Dear Editor:

On October 25th there was an article in the Arizona Public about Sen. Kyl and Sen. Feinstein proposing smart visa cards for aliens traveling to the US. The information contained in those cards would be entered into a centralized database to be shared by various agencies, including the INS and the State Department.

It's about time! This is not "big-brother" legislation. This is simply a way to enforce our existing immigration laws, which are completely inadequate with millions of overstays and foreign students dropping in and out of schools. And, it's a sensible way to collect intelligence on potential terrorists, which was a colossal failure before September 11. Amazingly, two Democratic senators, whom I thought are traditionally "pro-immigrants," are the sponsors of this bill.

Also equally amazing is the view expressed by the spokeswoman for the American Immigration Lawyers Association quoted in the article who cautions against "big data bases that don't tell us what we need to know." What exactly is she talking about? The whole reason for the database is to tell us what we need to know, namely, to alert us to potential violent terrorists! Isn't the INS routinely taking fingerprints in most immigration applications to alert them to criminals and cross check with the FBI?

Thank you,
Liem Doan


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