On Thursday, the Obama administration quickly canceled a program intended to track and deport illegal Muslim and Arab immigrants. The current administration hopes to deter President-elect Donald Trump’s policy in enforcing “extreme vetting” on Muslim tourists. The program was created after the September 11 terror attacks.
Although the government stopped the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System operation, activists insist the Obama administration remove it entirely. They worry that Trump may utilize the program to start his vetting policy.
David Leopold, a well-known immigration advocate supports the Obama administration decision. The former head of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said, “Keeping NSEERS out of Trump’s hands was the right thing to do,”
Back in 2002, the Bush administration created the program to keep track of Muslim men in the country.
The policy requires all new arrivals to reveal biographical information. Also, visitors who plan to stay more than 30 days in the US need to specify additional information. The details include where they intend to stay in the country. The government requests people already in the US to register.
The program aims to keep a record of potential threats just like the September 11 hijackers. The involved terrorists entered the US legally but stayed in the country even though their visa’s expired. This means they were alreadly illegal immigrants when they executed the attack.