Charges of Profiling in Screening of Foreign Visitors

The United States has begun a new program requiring all foreigners visiting the country to be fingerprinted and photographed. But the plan excludes visitors from Canada and many European nations, prompting some to charge that the new system is nothing more than a form of racial or ethnic profiling. NPR's Tavis Smiley explores the new requirements with Imad Hamad, a regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Detroit, Mich. — home to the largest population of Arab Americans. He also talks to Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based group focused on immigration and security issues.



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