A registry of Muslims

A registry of Muslims

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP swept into the Oval Office vowing to stop the flow of immigrants into the US – mainly Mexicans and Syrian refugees – and keep a close eye on those already living in it — especially Muslims.

The president-elect made it a defining theme of his campaign. Now, thanks to a transition team member we’re getting a sense of what that promise might look like. Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration hardliner advising Trump’s transition team, said earlier this week that Trump’s policy advisers were considering instating a Muslim immigrant registry.

The system is modeled after a controversial one implemented in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That program, labeled the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), required those entering the US from a list of certain countries to register when they arrived in the US to undergo more thorough interrogation and be fingerprinted. There were 25 countries on the special registration list. Twenty-four were majority-Muslim countries. The 25th was North Korea. The system was criticized by civil rights groups for targeting a religious group and was phased out in 2011 because it was found to be redundant with other immigration systems.

Under NSEERS, certain foreign citizens and nationals in the US had to come into immigration offices for fingerprinting, photos, and interviews — and then had to check in again at designated intervals.

Over the next decade, more than 80,000 men were put into NSEERS “special registration” database — Muslims and non-Muslims from suspected countries alike. But the fact that the Bush administration was responding to 9/11 by ordering thousands of Muslim men to show up to register with the government was de facto discriminatory.

This long-ago abandoned post-9/11 program may now be resurrected. And the man best suited for the job is Sen. Jeff Sessions who on Friday was given the job of US attorney general. Sessions backed Trump’s proposal early in the campaign to temporarily block all foreign Muslims from entering the US. Sessions, who is staunchly anti-immigration, can be counted on to help institute a ban on Muslim immigration altogether or create the legal perimeters for a federal registry.

As attorney general, Sessions will head the Justice Department and FBI. He would not be able to pass laws, but he would have a lot of power in guiding how the law is interpreted and enforced.

Sessions must first win Senate confirmation. While Democrats can mount a spirited campaign against him for past charges of racism and his hard-right political positions, they lack the votes to block him.

When the American people went to the polls Nov. 8, they were not only electing a president but Cabinet-level appointees as well as 4,000 other federal agency employees who make policy every day.


  1. Mr. Trump is himself, descended from migrants. His grandfather came from Germany:
    4. Friederich (Fred) TRUMP was born on 14 Mar 1869 in Kallstadt, Pfalz, Germany. He immigrated in 1885 to United States from Hamburg aboard the ship “Eider” and became a U.S. citizen in 1892 in Seattle, Washington. He died of influenza on 30 Mar 1918 in New York City, New York.
    While making a register of migrants such as Muslims and Mexicans, why not the others.
    Here is what Trump should know and it is not from a Muslim. Read on:
    The British submarine engineer and historian Gavin Menzies gave an astounding seminar on March 15, 2002 to the Royal Geographical Society in London, with evidence to support his theory that Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim navigator in the Ming dynasty, beat Columbus by more than 70 years in discovering America.

    Using evidence from maps drawn dated before Columbus’ trip that clearly showed America, and astronomical maps traced back to Zheng He’s time, Menzies is confident that the Zheng He should be honored as the first discoverer of America.

    Menzies’s conclusion is based on 14 years of research that includes secret maps, evidence of artifacts, and apparent proof of the voyage provided by the modern astronomy software program Starry Night.

    As key evidence for a voyage that will remake history, Menzies says he obtained ancient Chinese navigation charts associated with the travels of Zheng He. The journey ran from 1421 to 1423. Menzies maintains that the ships sailed around the Southern tips of both Africa and South America.

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