Civil rights group pledges to challenge any Trump administration attempts to revive Muslim registry
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed President Obamaâ€™s decision to permanently dismantle the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS).
President-elect Donald Trump and advisors close to him have publicly said that would revive and expand the federal registry that once targeted visitors mostly from Muslim-majority countries, which was phased out in 2011 for being “ineffective.”
â€œRegistering and tracking Muslim visitors to the United States is not only discriminatory but a tremendous waste of our nationâ€™s national security resources,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. â€œWe thank President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson for finally putting and end to what was widely perceived to be a massive profiling campaign targeting individuals based on their religion and ethnicity. We also thank the many people in civil society organizations who worked tirelessly to end the program.â€
McCaw added: â€œCAIR will offer a legal challenge to any Trump administration attempt to resurrect or expand NSEERS to target Muslims residing in the United States.â€
In November, CAIR joined almost 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations in urging the Obama Administration to take immediate action to rescind the regulatory framework behind the NSEERS.
NSEERS, set up in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, required certain non-citizen males over the age of 14 from 25 countries to be registered and fingerprinted. With the sole exception of North Korea, every one of the 25 countries on the NSEERS bulletin was Muslim or Arab. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were also required to leave the United States through specified ports. Anyone who failed to comply with the program faced arrest and deportation.
In 2011, CAIR welcomed the suspension of the â€œineffective and burdensome program that was perceived as a massive profiling campaign targeting individuals based on their religion and ethnicity.â€
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.