DHS Removes Outdated Regulations Related to NSEERS

On 12/23/16, DHS published a final rule removing outdated regulations relating to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), an obsolete special registration program that required immigrants from 25 Muslim-majority, Arab, and South Asian countries to register their presence in the United States. AILA welcomed the rescission of the regulatory framework for the discriminatory NSEERS, with AILA President William Stock noting that "NSEERS was not only completely ineffective, it also wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and caused unnecessary harm to thousands of American families and businesses."

Special thanks to AILA chapters and hundreds of members who joined in calling for the Obama administration to rescind the regulation.

On 1/5/17, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Edward Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the "Protect American Families Act" (S. 54), which would prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 16122300.