On Monday morning in Bedminster, New Jersey, Kris Kobach met with Donald Trump in one of a series of meetings meant to put together the Trump administration. Kobach is said to be in the running for either the position of attorney general or Homeland Security secretary.
Kobach, who has previously served as the secretary of state for Kansas, came to the meeting with a prepared proposal for what he plans to bring to the table, and thanks to his inability to consider using a folder or cover letter, we all know what those plans are. Just before having his photo taken with Donald Trump, Kobach posed with his plans in hand, which, ironically enough, he held on top of a folder. At the very top of his plans, it clearly reads:
1. Update and reintroduce the NSEERS screening and tracking system (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) that was in place from 2002-2005. All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked.
2. Add extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens: question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution.
NSEERS refers to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Introduced in 2002, it required immigrants from certain countries to register at an INS office. The system primarily targeted Muslim countries, as 24 out of the 25 countries involved were predominantly Muslim.
The procedure was controversial as it targeted even those who had entered the country legally and also required them to register. The system ultimately failed and was replaced with the US-VISIT, which has also been regarded as a failure as it provides no additional security to the United States, according to Barry Steinhardt of the ACLU.
Kobach, who was instrumental in the creation of NSEERS, is an obvious choice for Trump, who has himself advocated for the reinstatement of the program to widespread condemnation. Though Trump has not announced his pick for either attorney general or secretary of Homeland Security, his friendliness with Kobach, given Kobach’s reputation for his anti-immigrant and Islamophobic stances, sets an obvious example for the kind of politicians Trump is looking to fill his cabinet with.
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