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Former Homeland Security Staffer Says Muslim Registry Is “Easy” To Reinstate But “Ineffective”

Buzzfeed News

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A former Department of Homeland Security policy staffer under Presidents Bush and Obama told BuzzFeed News that if President-elect Trump wanted to reinstate the now-defunct post-9/11 registry program for immigrants from Muslim countries, it would logistically be “really easy,” adding though that the program was “costly and ineffective.”

Theresa Cardinal Brown, who was a member and director of the Immigration Legislation Task Force in the department’s policy office in 2005 and 2006, said the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) was was difficult to manage and very labor-intensive.

Brown, who overall worked at DHS from 2005 through 2011 and is now director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told BuzzFeed News “I’m not sure I understand the rationale for it now.”

She added that NSEERS was “costly and ineffective” and that there was “a lot of confusion around the program.” For instance, registered individuals were supposed to periodically check in with local Immigration officers, but “people weren’t given the proper follow-up information,” Brown said.

KEYWORDS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, THERESA BROWN, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH