Obama is dismantling dormant government regulations that several civil rights organizations fear President-elect Trump could use as a framework to establish registration requirements for Muslim immigrants in the U.S
According to Politico, an official notice was published on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that stated:
It is deleting the published rules for the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, a program the Bush administration used in 2002 and 2003 to require male foreigners over 16 from 25 largely Muslim-majority countries to register with U.S. immigration authorities
During his campaign trail, Trump proposed putting a ban on Muslims immigrating to the U.S, which was met with controversy, even from some of his supporters. Trump claimed that the ban would ‘only apply to countries whose nationals have been involved in terrorism against the U.S. or its allies,’ reports Politico.
Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, had this to say in the notice:
“Although DHS retained the regulations that provide the NSEERS framework, subsequent experience has confirmed that NSEERS is obsolete, that deploying it would be inefficient and divert personnel and resources from alternative effective measures, and that the regulation authorizing NSEERS is unnecessary.”
“DHS now engages in security and law enforcement efforts that were not possible when NSEERS was established in 2002, and the Department continues to make significant progress in its abilities to identify, screen, and vet all travelers arriving to the United States; to collect and analyze biometric and biographic data; to target high-risk travelers for additional examination; and to track nonimmigrants’ entry, stay, and exit from the country.”
The DHS also added the following:
Aspects of the NSEERS program, including fingerprinting and photographing at points of entry, are now carried out broadly for foreigners visiting the U.S. And the agency noted that since February of this year foreigners seeking to enter the U.S. without a visa have been asked about dual nationality in, or travel to, high-risk countries like Iran, Syria and Sudan.
President-elect Trump has yet to disclose any specific plans to crack down on immigration, although his recent remarks to the press about the terror attacks in Germany and Turkey suggest that he intends to deliver on his promises. Read his statement below:
“You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. 100 percent correct. What’s happening is disgraceful. It’s an attack on humanity. That’s what it is. An attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped.”
It was reported by Politico that Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, met with Trump last month and was ‘seen carrying a proposal to reinstate the NSEERS program and questioning Muslim immigrants about their support for Islamic Sharia law.’
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