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May 16, 2011
The U.S. government has ended a controversial [I am beginning to hate this word — who decides what’s controversial? Only the press, apparently] counterterrorism program created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that required men living in the U.S. who came from mostly Muslim countries to register with federal authorities.
Called NSEERS — National Security Entry-Exit Registration System — the program required registration, interviews, and fingerprinting of male visitors 16 and older from North Korea and Muslim nations, including: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. [Well, hey, why would anyone think trouble would come from any of those nations . . . and why leave out the other 41 states?]
The program targeted men entering the country as well as more than 80,000 men already in the U.S., about 1,000 of them from metro Detroit. Nearly 13,800 residents were further investigated, and 2,870 were later deported. But not a single case resulted in anyone being charged with terrorism [so why were they deported? I can think of lots of reasons that pointed at possible indications of terrorist behavior down the road] — a fact that experts say proves the program was a failure that unfairly harassed thousands.
NSEERS did “not catch terrorists,” said Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, a law professor at Penn State University who has extensively researched the program. “It was ineffective and alienating.” [To whom?]
The Department of Homeland Security quietly ended the program through a notice buried on its Web site on April 28. The U.S. government was low-key in ending NSEERS: Its April 28 notice was not publicized. In the notice, the Department of Homeland Security said it was “eliminating redundant programs.” http://immigrantsource.net/2011/04/29/dhs-eliminates-list-of-countries-on-nseers/
Homeland Security immigration program ends, but Dearborn dad faces deportation for minor violation [does it matter if it’s minor or not? The guy broke the law in some fashion].
In 2003, long lines formed at federal immigration offices in Detroit as anxious men from Arab and other countries waited to be registered under a new counterterrorism program.
The government said the registration, including fingerprinting and interviews, was needed to help secure the country in the war on terrorism. But many [Muslims, you think?] felt it was ethnic harassment.
“They treated us like animals,” [oh, good grief, what overblown prattle] Siefeddine Siefeddine, 44, of Dearborn recalled Friday.