Trump adviser wants to register Muslim immigrants
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach thinks it would be fine to register people by religion.
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Muslim immigrants coming into the United States from “terror-prone” countries may soon have to register and check in regularly with the government, said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump.
Kobach — architect of anti-immigration legislation in Arizona and Alabama, as well as cities in Pennsylvania and Texas — recommended that the incoming administration could enact Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of Muslim immigrants by reinstating a national registry that targets people from largely Arab- and Muslim- majority countries, Reuters reported.
Known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), that program allowed the U.S. government to record the arrival, length of stay, and departure of certain individuals from 25 countries believed to possess “possible national security threats.” Those countries included Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lybia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. Only one country on the NSEERS list, North Korea, is not majority-Muslim…
Human rights groups criticized NSEERS and called out the government for being able to track the whereabouts of these immigrants within the country, which sometimes resulted in racial profiling. Under the guise of immigration enforcement of visa violations, the program was “a proxy to target Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities,” Margaret Huang, the then-executive director of the Rights Working Group said in 2009.
Before it disbanded in 2011, the NSEERS program registered 93,000 people, of whom 13,740 immigrants were placed in deportation proceedings. The number of people prosecuted on terrorism charges under the program amounted to zero.
Prior to the NSEERS program, the USA PATRIOT Act also allowed the government to detain and arrest more than 1,2000 Muslim and Arab men who were often denied legal representation and contact with their families.
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14 responses to Trump adviser wants to register Muslim immigrants
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eyelashviper November 16th, 2016 at 10:29
Hmm, would that entail bar codes imprinted on their foreheads, or just some badge, like a yellow star?
Whose next? Will we all have to register somewhere as to our heritage, political affiliations, religious beliefs, and carry papers?
anothertoothpick November 16th, 2016 at 10:36
We could always just put them on the “terrorist watch list”.
And that way they would be allowed to buy guns.
oldfart November 16th, 2016 at 13:24
Free and unfettered access to gun shows…
labman57 November 16th, 2016 at 10:41
And so it begins …
Maxx44 November 16th, 2016 at 11:03
“The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” rides again.
Dwendt44 November 16th, 2016 at 12:02
Next thing: they will reconstitute the House Unamerican Activities Committee.
Bunya November 16th, 2016 at 13:32
There’s an easy remedy for that. Just claim to be Christian when coming to this country. They could be ISIS, but since the new batch moving into the White House are a little short on brains, they’ll never question anything.
bpollen November 16th, 2016 at 16:17
I am soooo Christian, inshallah!
Larry Schmitt November 16th, 2016 at 14:34
I think stupid people in this country should have to register, so we don’t accidentally put them in a position of responsibility. As Justice Potter Stewart said about obscenity, “I know it when I see it.” I know stupid people when I see them.
crc3 November 16th, 2016 at 15:36
Anyone wanting to enter politics should be required to pass history and civics tests before being eligible. I bet 3/4 of Congress would fail…
Larry Schmitt November 16th, 2016 at 16:48
And before they can be a committee chairman, they have to pass a test on the relevant topic. That would disqualify that idiot Inhofe from the Science and Technology committee.
bpollen November 16th, 2016 at 16:14
Now that you mention it…
amersham1046 November 16th, 2016 at 16:52
the NRA would complain about targeting their members
StoneyCurtisll November 16th, 2016 at 20:14
If you think Steve Bannon is a racist bigot, meet Kirs Kobach…