Department of Homeland Security Rescinding NSEER Program

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rescinding its (National Security Entry-Exit Registration) NSEER program that was used in the past to screen men between the ages of 16 and 45 from countries with large Arab and Muslim populations. This obsolete program was harmful to individuals and US businesses, a waste of billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and counterproductive in preventing terrorism. The exigency of repealing it now was a result of the concern of civil rights groups and politicians that the Trump administration could use it to create a registry for Muslims. According to the Guardian newspaper, approximately 80,000 men from 25 countries were forced to provide fingerprints and a photograph and periodically report to the DHS in in-person interviews. This discriminatory program resulted in 14,000 men being placed in removal proceedings with none having been found to have any links to terrorist or violent activities.