Trump Transition Team Discussing Muslim Registry Program

Donald Trump’s presidential transition team is reportedly discussing a national registry of Muslims.

Reuters reports that anti-immigrant leader and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is part of the Trump presidential transition team “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.”

Kobach told the news service he has been “in regular conference calls with about a dozen Trump immigration advisers“ for months.

Trump discussed the possibility of a Muslim registry during the presidential campaign.

Kobach cited a program called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, as his preferred model for the Trump Muslim registry system. NSEERS, which was created by George W. Bush and dismantled by the Obama administration, was described by Chris Rickerd, policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, as “An executive branch post-9/11 reaction that made people from predominantly Muslim countries to go through an arcane series of registration and other screening mechanisms. if they didn’t, they were punished. Thousands were hit with civil deportation consequences.

Not a single person was ever prosecuted for terrorist charges while the system was in place.

Rickerd pointed out that NSEERS was an enormous waste of time and resources leading to “countless hours of law enforcement time spent on people who had no individual reason to be on the authorities’ radar.”

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  • Otto Beverhousen

    Gee, I wonder if anything like having a national registry of a religious group has even had unintended consequences in history?

    • dbtheonly

      No, I think the consequences were entirely intended.

      When Nazi occupied Denmark required its Jews to wear the yellow star; on the date it was to begin, King Christian also began to wear the insignia.

      May we have equal courage.

    • Jeff Chang

      So you want the federal government to collect no information on those entering the country?

      • Otto Beverhousen

        Are the only choices gathering no information or asking someone what their chosen religion is?

        Just out of curiosity, what exactly does their religion have to do with anything?

        You know, seeing as our constitution has actual wording that says our government won’t prevent you from practicing your chosen religion and in fact touts the fact that we are free to worship any religion we want.

        • Jeff Chang

          Where in the article was it explictly stated a religious question was asked?

          Here is an excerpt:

          “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.”

          I see we have a Trump U graduate.

  • mashpukah

    “Not a single person was ever prosecuted for terrorist charges while the system was in place.”

    That does not make it ok. I don’t care your political persuasion or how you voted, this is facist bullshit pure and simple. I can’t believe this is even being proposed in the United States.

    • Cranky Crab

      I think that was the point.

      And I agree with your second point.

  • el1jones

    Next, they make Muslims were yellow stars at all times.

    • Jeff Chang

      If you enter the UK, do they scan your passport?

      Unless you are against the feds collecting information on those immigrating here.

      • Otto Beverhousen

        Gee, I looked on my passport and can’t find where I had to declare my religious affiliation. And yet the U.K. has allowed me to enter quite a few times.

        • Jeff Chang

          Where does it say a religious question is asked:

          “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.”

          So persons from high risk Muslim countries will be recorded.

          Wait…I thought it was wrong to assume all from X country are Muslim.

          Did you graduate from Trump U?