Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation in the Federal Register called a final rule ending a dormant and discriminatory regulation known as special registration. Special Registration or NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) was developed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 and continued to operate for nearly a decade with detrimental effects. Though NSEERS was discontinued in 2011, the regulatory structure remained on the books until today. Today’s decision comes on the heels of diverse voices who advocated for rescission for years, including former DHS officials; members of Congress; civil and human rights organizations; and the immigration lawyers and Muslim, Arab and South Asian organizations who work(ed) with families and individuals impacted by NSEERS. By ending NSEERS, DHS has closed the curtain on one of the darkest chapters of American history.
Learn more about the history and effects of NSEERS or Special Registration:
“Shutting Down Special Registration,” a December explainer on Medium.
“The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, Fear, and Secrecy,” a 2012 report by the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Rights Working Group.
“NSSERS: The Consequences of America’s Efforts to Secure Its Borders,” a 2009 report prepared by the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
“Musings on Dreamers, Mass Deportations and a “Muslim Registry,” a November blog entry for the American Constitution Society.
“NSEERS or “Muslim” Registration Was a Failed Post 9–11 Program and Must Come to an End,” a November op-ed on Medium.