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Dear Editor:
This letter is in reply to Aikba T.'s letter, who recounts a "humiliating" experience of having to be fingerprinted, not once, not twice, but three time as part of US-VISIT. Being thrice fingerprinted can hardly be described as a "humiliating process" to be "endured". In light of recent world events, I'm sure we can all identify what true humiliation is. Extending one's index finger three times on an inkless fingerprint pad, leaving not so much as a smudge, is arguably inconvenient, but is in no way humiliation. Waiting in line at the bank, post office, DMV, or airport is annoying to everyone, but these are all experiences to be grin and bared. It is particularly curious to me that, as a visitor from Japan, he would be affronted by the US-VISIT program, in light of this country's widely acknowledged fastidious bureaucracy. I have no doubt that Akiba T. is a well-meaning visitor to the US, but he would surely acknowledge that this in not true of every alien in every line at every port of entry. The US-VISIT program is proving itself to generally be an effective and efficient means of assuring this.

Miles Roeder
San Francisco, California



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