The Obama administration Thursday rescinded the regulatory framework for a widely criticized travel registration system that has been dormant for five years after officials deemed it redundant and ineffective. The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively kill the program—the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)—came after a wave of civil rights groups petitioned the administration to dismantle it. Critics considered the program discriminatory toward Muslims, since it affected only those coming from 24 predominantly Muslim countries, plus North Korea.
Established by the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) captured the names of non-immigrants entering the US who originated from 24 predominantly Muslim nations as well as North Korea.
The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System "targeted foreign nationals from 25 countries based on religion, ethnicity, and national origin, NSEERS was a discriminatory policy that ran counter to the fundamental American values of fairness and equal protection. Rescinding the regulatory framework of the program will ensure that our nation does not target communities based on national origin and faith."