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Trump Considering Registry For Muslim Immigrants

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President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is mulling over the idea of reinstating a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.  

The New York Post reports that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is currently working on the policy.  Kobach is a leading candidate to become the next attorney general. 

The policy would require anyone coming to the United States from a country with an active extremist organization to register with the federal government.  

A similar program was enacted after the Sept. 11 terror attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.  That program was labeled "The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System," and was implemented during the first days of President Barack Obama's administration. 

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System required that "higher risk" males be interrogated and fingerprinted, and required those in the registry to periodically check in with authorities.  

Kobach, who at the time was part of George W. Bush’s Justice Department, was part of the team that designed the original program. However, the Department of Homeland Security abolished the program under Obama’s tenure.  

According to Politico, Kobach has been in direct contact with Trump’s immigration advisers, and that both the registry and the southern border wall are being considered. Kobach is also widely known for his hardline stance on immigration, having helped pen Arizona’s strict anti-illegal immigration law which was ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court.  

This news comes on the heels of Trump’s apparent backtrack on a border wall, saying that parts of the wall may, in fact, be a fence. 

Sources: New York Post, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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