One year ago, I did a Walk & Talk on Dec 23. One of the topics I discussed that day was the NSEERS program, and how Obama eliminated it prior to Trump taking office.
In June 2016, a poll conducted by NBC revealed that a majority of Americans said they supported Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. Although Trump walked that comment back, he did show interest in the database tracking system created under President George W. Bush.
Initially implemented by the Department of Justice on Sept. 11, 2002, and then transferred over to the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Entry-Exist Registration System (NSEERS) tracked, monitored and sometimes detained immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Before leaving office, Obama dismantled the program knowing Trump would use it once he took over the White House.
Trump adviser and Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach is one of the main architects of NSEERS. He has encouraged the president to consider the reinstatement of the registry, but to date the president hasn’t taken action. But with the Dept. of Homeland Security announcing Friday that two recent terrorists in the US came here via chain migration, I think now is the time for Trump to revive the NSEERS program.
Below is the small segment from the Dec 23 Walk & Talk when I speak about the SNEERS program and forecast that Trump will revive it. I hope the president doesn’t prove me wrong, especially now that another federal judge has put limited on the most recent travel ban.
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