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Obama Urged to Dismantle Bush Program Trump May Use to Track Muslims

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 04:10 PM

Fearing that President-elect Donald Trump will create an "unconstitutional religious registry," New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on President Barack Obama before he leaves office to rescind the regulatory framework of a defunct Bush-era registry he fears could be resurrected to help track Muslims in America, the New York Daily News reports.

Created in 2002 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) tracked and registered non-immigrant males from mainly Arab, Muslim, and South Asian nations who entered the United States.

In 2011, the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security halted the program's registration process, but left the regulatory framework in place.

In a letter to Obama, Schneiderman wrote: "I believe that DHS took steps in the right direction with its April 2011 to end registration, and now encourage the administration to fully dismantle what is left of NSEERS so that it can no longer be used to instill fear and mistrust within the communities we serve."

Noting that NSEERS did not result in even one terrorism-related conviction even though some 80,000 males registered, Schneiderman wrote that "Far from being a successful law enforcement tool, the NSEERS regulatory framework serves only as a dormant reminder of a misguided and discriminatory policy" and that the system only undermined trust and communication between law enforcement and community members.

Schneiderman's request comes as petitions calling on Obama to completely get rid of NSEERS have gathered signatures and a joint letter from 51 congressmen appealing to the president to rescind the scheme has been sent, The Guardian reports.

Trump made a threat to ban all Muslims a main point of his presidential campaign and later amended the idea to propose introducing "extreme vetting" of immigrants, focusing on several countries deemed a terrorism threat.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped design NSEERS while serving in President George W. Bush's Department of Justice, has urged Trump to reintroduce and update the system, The Huffington Post reported.

Kobach is a vocal Trump supporter and informal adviser who has refused to discuss if he will serve a role in the president-elect's administration, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

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Fearing that President-elect Donald Trump will create an "unconstitutional religious registry," New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on President Barack Obama before he leaves office to rescind the regulatory framework of a defunct Bush-era registry...
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