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U.S. Registers 133,000 Foreigners After Sept. 11

U.S. officials said on Friday 133,000 temporary visitors had been successfully documented as part of a post-Sept. 11 registration program, despite objections from Arab and other groups that the program had alienated entire communities. Friday is the final stage of the registration process and the deadline for male visitors from the last group of 25 countries, mostly Muslim countries except for North Korea, to voluntarily report to U.S. officials to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. The national program was implemented following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington in which all of the 19 suspected hijackers entered the country on valid short-term immigration licenses but three overstayed their visas. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System introduced last September also keeps records of visitors as they enter and leave the United States. Full Story

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