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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Five Bay Area members of Congress are leading a fight to make it harder for President-elect Donald Trump to force immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries to register with the federal government.

The United States actually created a registry for male immigrants from mostly Muslim and Arab countries after 9/11, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). The Obama Administration suspended the NSEERS program in 2011 amid widespread criticism. But the Trump administration could revive it on Day 1 of his presidency.

That’s why North Bay Congressman Jared Huffman, four Bay Area colleagues and 45 other House Democrats have sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to eliminate the NSEERS system.

“He shut it down but didn’t dismantle the regulatory framework for it,” Huffman told KCBS. “And given some of the promises we’ve heard from the President-elect, some of the people he’s surrounding himself with, there’s a palpable fear right now in the Muslim community and other minority communities about tools like this being abused.”

Civil rights groups and members of Congress criticized the NSEERS programs for its ethnic and religious profiling and undermining of immigrants’ rights, its inability to identify terrorist threats, and the severe penalties for noncompliance.

Huffman said the system deported 13,000 people, but insists it didn’t work as intended.

“There was not a single terrorism arrest or conviction that came from this program,” Huffman said.

Obama has the power to rescind it completely, which would force Trump and Republicans in Congress to start from scratch.

“This is not going to be easy for Trump to do. We just want to make it hard as possible,” Huffman said.

Comments (3)
  1. This article is all wrong and they should be ashamed of themselves for blaintantly printing false statements. The NSEER (National Entry Exit Registration program) was started by Bush and went until 2013 under Obama.

  2. John Berry says:

    Mainstream media and of course the Muslims are going crazy over the possibility that Trump will bring back the Muslim Registry. But it is not as if they are going to round up and inter Muslims.
    Strictly speaking, Muslims are not allowed in the USA. Individual Muslims scream and take that personally but really it is not. It has to do with their beliefs,which not mentioned by name (Islam) in the laws are directly pointed to. Oddly, it was intended to stop Nazis and Communists. But Islam also happens to believe in replacing governments with their own totalitarian system, much like the Nazis.
    The Quran, which all Muslims must follow, says to kill everyone who refuses to convert to Islam and make Sharia Law worldwide. To follow such beliefs does make Muslims a threat to the USA and every other Western nation they enter. Which ones do or don’t is made impossible to tell because of Taqiyya, or lying to ‘infidels’ in the cause of Islam.
    So the only solution is to register all of them. And what the city counsels want is irrelevant.

  3. Aethera Aqua says:

    Islam is a political dogma that is in direct conflict with the most basic, fundamental values we have. If anyone chooses to practice and follow this dogma then they should be required at the very least to be tracked in a registry. Deportation is the best option. There are many Islamic countries in the world for them to choose from.