Poligon commends the Obama administration for deleting the published rules of the National Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). The dormant program, which was originally created by President Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, could have been utilized by President-elect Donald Trump to establish a registration database for Muslim immigrants residing in the U.S.
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.