CNN reports that President-elect Trump plans to bring back an old, obsolete, and rejected National Security plan originally created in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. That procedure, called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System or NSEERS, required aliens AND permanent residents from certain areas (primarily Muslim majority countries) to register with the USCIS (in this case, it will probably be USICE or USCBP which will have to devote resources to this program, if implemented after January 20, when Trump is sworn in).
Fervent anti-immigrant Kris Kobach, on the Trump Transition team insists the rule is not aimed at followers of any particular religion, but singles out individuals by by country of origin. However, the vast majority of non-immigrants and resident aliens from certain Muslim majority countries are statistically likely to be Muslim, so in effect, the rule creates a registry of Muslims, regardless of how the Trump admininstration couches it.
Even before President-elect Trump has been elected, we see examples of how he plans to Trump the Constitution, or in this case, maybe even try to trample it.
Stay tuned for further developments….this is only the beginning of a wholly Trump created constitutional crisis….
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