NSEERS was problematic because the 25 countries requiring automatic registration were largely Muslim. It had massive implications on the Muslim community inside the U.S., deportating 10,000 of their friends and family members and causing thousands of dollars in legal fees for families who chose to fight it. NSEERS was also ineffective, producing zero terrorism-related convictions in the 93,000 cases it created.
Now, if Trump intends to follow through with his abhorrent plan to register Muslims in a database, he will have to start from scratch. Poligon will continue working with Congress, the community, and our allies to ensure that it does not materialize.