ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO SHUT DOWN REGISTRY PROGRAM
washington» President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday took the unprecedented step of creating obstacles to a widely anticipated but poorly understood plan by President-elect Donald Trump to establish a Muslim ban or registry — by dismantling the registry system that already exists.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a “final rule” to formally dismantle the regulatory framework for the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, a preexisting government program that was used to register and monitor visitors from “high-risk” countries from 2002 to 2011.
Civil rights advocates, who have been calling for such action, say the program, enacted under former President George W. Bush, already amounted to a registry for Muslims, through discriminatory targeting. Obama shelved the program in 2011, but the regulations that allow it to function were never dismantled.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped the Bush administration create the program after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and now advises Trump, was photographed holding a proposal for registry’s reinstatement, while meeting with Trump.