Tuesday, December 13, 2016
In a post on Medium entitled, "Shutting Down Special Registration," Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia provides background on NSEERS (aka Special Registration), the post-9/11 administrative program that required certain male immigrants from select countries (mostly from the Middle East) to report for registration. "The enigma of NSEERS was not limited to the lack of notice to individuals, limited resources at local offices, or wide range of questions asked to those interrogated, but expanded to the premise that singling out Muslim males residing in the United States on valid visas would somehow improve national security," writes Wadhia. As many critics have pointed out, NSEERS was wholly ineffective in actually identifying terrorist suspects, but did exact extensive damage on immigrant communities targeted by the program.
DHS voluntarily terminated the program in 2012, but the regulations remain on the books. In light of President-elect Trump's calls for a "Muslim registry," Wadhia argues that the current Administration should officially rescind the regulations that authorized NSEERS.