AILA Doc. No. 16122203 | Dated December 22, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the Obama Administration's decision to rescind the regulation that provided the framework for the discriminatory National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a program that required immigrants from 25 Muslim-majority, Arab, and South Asian countries to register their presence in the United States.
William A. Stock, AILA President, said, "The NSEERS program has been defunct since 2011 but its continued existence on the books meant that at any moment, the administration could have revived it without public input. NSEERS was not only completely ineffective, it also wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and caused unnecessary harm to thousands of American families and businesses. Ending NSEERS finally brings to a close this reprehensible program that the government acknowledges is unnecessary and obsolete."
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson welcomed the regulation's rescission, "It is hard to quantify the immense negative impact NSEERS had on the fabric of our nation. It upended the lives of tens of thousands of business owners, scientists, and family members who were lawfully present in the United States, and all the while it failed miserably as a counterterrorism tool. Not a single terrorism conviction was obtained through NSEERS. Instead, this poorly implemented program subjected upstanding members of the community to an array of hostile and inexcusable practices. Rescinding the regulation is a recognition that a dark chapter in our country's history can and should be closed, once and for all."
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 16122203.