The Obama administration formally announced the death of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a program Obama put on permanent hiatus soon after he took office. NSEERS was developed to track people who come into the country with a legal visa but don’t leave when they’re required. It’s a program designed to make Americans safer.
But that is not how it’s being reported in the mainstream media or talked about by fact-challenged politicians such as the NY State AG Eric Schneiderman, and NYC Mayor DeBlasio they claim that NSEER is a Muslim-tracking program designed to create a Muslim registry and lead to the arrest of Muslims.
In 2015 480,000 foreign nationals came into this country and over-stayed their visa according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), “adding to a backlog that’s reached some 5 million total, members of Congress said. NSEERS was created to track those 480K foreigners no mater what their religion or country of origin.
That is not how the program is being described this week. For example CNN declared,
“President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday it was ending a dormant program that once was used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men.
In a letter addressed to the President, Schneiderman wrote that NSEERS, created after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, did not reduce terrorist activity and instead “undermined trust” in law enforcement and instilled fear in some communities.“We can’t risk giving President-elect Trump the tools to create an unconstitutional religious registry,” Schneiderman said in a separate statement.
The fact this visa issue has not been fixed is astounding, and the fact that the program designed to fix it was never completed and is now canceled demonstrates that the liberals in government and those in the MSM don’t care about the safety of American citizens.
NSEERS went into development in 2002 and was in the testing stage in 2009 when Obama became POTUS.
In 2013 by Michelle Malkin explained:
The concept of a national security entry-exit screening database is at least 10 years old. It’s an idea that was sabotaged by the progressive soft-on-security ideologues with whom Rubio has recklessly partnered [She’s talking about the Gang-of-Eight bill].
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration created NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Administered and championed by Justice Department constitutional lawyer, immigration enforcement expert and now-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, NSEERS stopped at least 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who had attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry.
NSEERS required higher scrutiny and common-sense registration requirements for individuals from jihad-friendly countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as other at-risk countries [BUT Religion is not a qualifier] . The basic components included a more rigorous application process in light of the shoddy visa questionnaires and undetected over-stays of the 9/11 hijackers; 30 extra minutes of interviewing at ports of entry; a digital fingerprint check and in-person registration after they arrived in the interior of the country; and verification of departure once they exited.
NSEERS is a great example of the concept President-Election Trump called “extreme vetting.”