It has become inescapable to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the NSEERS process does not work (this has been common knowledge amongst the immigration bar for years now). Accordingly DHS has issued a notice that it is deleting all designated countries whose nationals and citizens are required to comply with National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) requirements from NSEERS compliance. This notice is effective 4/28/11 and affects citizens of 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.
NSEERS was first implemented in 2002 as a temporary measure in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was designed to record the arrival, stay, and departure of certain individuals from countries chosen based on an analysis of possible national security threats. The NSEERS registration required approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours in secondary inspection, per person, per arrival. NSEERS registrants were also required to register upon departure at one of the 118 designated ports of departure, limiting travel flexibility.
Kris Kobach, now the Kansas Secretary of State, is the person who conceived NSEERS originally; he was working for Attorney General John Ashcroft at the time. He is also the person who drafted SB 1070, the controversial Arizona law that the broadest and strictest anti- illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history that has resulted in racial profiling based law enforcement. This law has been enjoined by a federal judge.
Mr. Kobach has no working background in immigration & citizenship law, which explains many of the flaws in his proposals (they typically aren’t drafted to address the problems they allegedly solve). His knowledge of immigration is strictly Ivory Tower; he has worked as an immigration law professor at a law school.
For an excellent account regarding the anti-immigrant mindset that led to NSEERS and similar programs see The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden.
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Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:
Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225
At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!