In what appears to be an attempt to create a roadblock for Trump’s promise to apply discriminatory treatment to Muslims, President Obama moves to dismantle the Bush-era NSEERS program.
From the Guardian:
The Nseers program was one of the most contentious – and widely hated – elements of the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies in the wake of 9/11. More than 80,000 people from 25 listed countries, 24 of which had majority Muslim or Arab populations, were forced onto the scheme in which they were required to provide fingerprints and a photograph and periodically present themselves for in-person interviews with DHS officers.
About 14,000 of those individuals were placed into deportation proceedings. Yet not a single individual was found to have any links to terrorist or violent activities.
The DHS Published the announcement removing the regulations governing the NSEERS program on December 23, 2016.
This may slow down Trump’s plans to use the NSEERS program to begin his registry of Muslims as seen on documents in Kris Kobach’s hands.