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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.

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