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Dear Editor:
Mr. Roeder's letter seems to treat fingerprinting of foreigners as a matter of inconvenience rather than as an intruding institution and Chucky's letter speaks casually of fingerprinting and interviewing all "illegal" immigrants. Fingerprinting in such a manner has been opposed in other democracies, and in the US until recently. It treats an entire group of people as criminals, and has been associated with bias and discrimination. In Japan, for example, fingerprinting has been a symbol of discrimination against resident Koreans, and after years of struggle by Koreans, lawyers, and scholars, the fingerprinting system has been rolled back. However, it is now being considered for reinstitution after the US model of fingerprinting all foreigners. There is a worldwide impact on how the US treats foreigners. There will always be people who argue for security measures no matter what the cost. But I hope that lawyers would be the last to sacrifice the constitutional values of equality, personal liberty, and human dignity in the course of that pursuit.

Akiba T.



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