Published on December 13, 2016
Around 200 Muslim activists and allies marched from the Department of Justice to the White House yesterday, asking Obama to dismantle the indefinitely suspended National Security Exit-Entry Registry System before Trump is elected.
“[Trump immigration advisor] Kris Kobach actually accidentally released the Department of Homeland Security plan a few weeks ago, and number one on the list was reinstituting NSEERS,” said Iram Ali, campaign manager with . “This is why it’s so important for President Obama to shut it down now, because it will give us an upper hand going into the next administration.”
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Kobach helped design the system for registering people who entered or lived in the U.S. on visas from certain countries labeled “high risk” because they contained large amounts of terrorist activity.
The program, which targeted principally Arab- and Muslim-majority states, was phased out in 2011 because it was deemed redundant by the Department of Homeland Security and condemned as discriminatory by civil rights groups. Of the 93,000 cases the program produced, there was not a single terrorism conviction.
Activists are worried that the Trump administration will use the existing NSEERS framework, since the program is indefinitely suspended rather than dismantled.
“When our government imposed NSEERS registration, our government rejected those American principles of fairness, equality, and justice and instead imposed a massive profiling program,” said Joanne Lin, who is on the Senior Legislative Council with the American Civil Liberties Union. “Now we call on President Obama, before he leaves office, to end 2016 well … and dismantle NSEERS.”…read more here.