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Dear Editor:
I respectfully disagree with some of Honza Prchal's comment in the 1/14/03 issue of Immigration Daily. Analogizing immigrant registration with gun registration is inappropriate. Gun control registration does not distinguish people who wish to own guns. The law applies to all. Special Registration rules, however, apply only to distinct racial/ethnic groups. As such, the rules are discriminatory and therefore insidious. Further, because the rules are unlikely to help the government achieve its purposes (people with ties to terrorist groups are unlikely to rush to register), they are unsupportable by reason and good judgment. Moreover, I strongly disagree with the commentor's statement that: "If registration were such an obviously bad idea for security purposes, why does every police state or nation at war I can think of require it?" I do not believe that "every" government at war requires it. Further, even if "some" totalitarian governments and governments at war require registration of people, it does not justify the policy. Indeed, the US holds itself out as the champion of democracy and therefore should not attempt to follow the examples of governments that trample civil rights and democracy.

Panravee Vongjaroenrat



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