Homeland Security Ends Foreigner Registration Program - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

12/1/03 - Washington

Homeland Security Ends Foreigner Registration Program

After angry protests, the Department of Homeland Security is ending a program that forced tens of thousands of Middle Eastern men and boys to register with the government.

Officials say they will now focus on individuals instead of broad categories of people.

The program required men and boys from 25 nations to be fingerprinted and photographed. More than 83-thousand people complied. Some were deported, usually for overstaying visas.

Critics said the system targeted innocent people.

Starting next year, the government will implement a new program to digitally photograph and fingerprint millions of people who enter the country on tourist, business, and student visas.

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