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.