Last week, I wrote about how the United States has never been safe for black and brown people, and that a Trump presidency will only make the country “more honest, more blatant, perhaps less accountable to us now.” For Muslims in the United States, this has been especially true in the decade and a half since 9/11.

Just this week, news of president-elect Trump’s proposed Muslim registry made headlines again, after first being proposed a year ago – with pro-Trump Great America PAC spokesperson Carl Higbie citing Japanese internment as “precedent”. Some advocates have reminded us, however, about precedent that is far more recent. This week, for example, writer Ayesha Siddiqui penned a series of tweets emphasizing that the assault on Muslim civil rights – including the registering of Muslims – has taken place, unabated, since 9/11:

Siddiqi also shared a quote from Darakshan Raja, a community organizer and co-director of the Washington Peace Center, who recalled the post-9/11 registration program, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), that targeted men from Muslim-majority countries from 2002 to 2011.

Trump has appointed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, “the man who helped write the book on creating a federal Muslim registry in the name of national security” according to NBC News, as a top immigration advisor and member of his transition team. Kobach was involved in creating the blueprint for NSEERS, while serving at the Justice Department during the administration of President George W. Bush. In an article for NBC News, journalist Amanda Sakuma wrote about Kobach’s plans for a Trump immigration policy – one that includes reviving NSEERS – and how those plans draws on his deep experience as a virulent anti-immigrant advocate:

Kobach is renowned as the mastermind behind the Republican Party’s heavily contested anti-immigrant bills and restrictions on voter registration.

Kobach first met Trump days before the New Hampshire primary, the Kansas secretary of state said last month in a podcast with Politico’s Glenn Thrush. The policy savant said he offered his services in helping Trump nail down the details of his immigration platform.

But Kobach soon had his fingerprints all over Trump’s policy white papers. He even found a potential way to pull off even Trump’s most far-fetched of campaign promises — like forcing the Mexican government to write a blank check to build a massive wall along the U.S. border.

Using a technicality tucked within the Patriot Act, Kobach plotted a way to force Mexico’s hand by holding hostage the millions of dollars that Mexican nationals in the U.S. send home to family each year.

Kobach is now on a tour touting himself as the brains behind the border wall payment plan. And with Trump assembling the final pieces of his cabinet, Kobach has indicated he may have another trick up his sleeve.

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, targeted people from 25 countries that were considered “higher risk” of extremist activity. The program focused only on young men over the age of 16, who underwent intense interrogations. An earlier iteration asked for Muslims to come forward and identify themselves, provide fingerprints and personal information.

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