On December 23, 2016, DHS finally repealed its outdated and arguably discriminatory regulations relating to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), an obsolete special registration program that required immigrants from 25 Muslim-majority, Arab, and South Asian countries to register their presence in the United States. NSEERS was enacted in reaction to 9/11 and required certain foreign nationals in the U.S. to present themselves for fingerprinting, photos, and interviews at U.S. immigration offices, with further requirements to check-in at designated intervals. This program only applied to men over the age of 16 on non-immigrant visas (including tourism and work visas) from a list of 25 countries the Bush administration considered "havens for terrorists."
In 2011 the Obama Administration removed all 25 countries from the "special registration" list, which essentially suspended the program. In anticipation of the incoming Trump Administration, DHS officially repealed the program from the regulations. Only time will tell if the new administration will move to re-enact similar special registration rules, as the incoming president made campaign promises to that effect. Stay tuned for updates on our website at http://iandoli.com/newsandupdates/.