Arab American Institute Welcomes Administrations Decision to Repeal NSEERS Framework

Posted on December 22, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

December 22, 2016             

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Official Statement


Arab American Institute Welcomes Administrations Decision to Repeal NSEERS Framework

The Arab American Institute released the following statement today:

The Arab American Institute (AAI) is pleased by the Obama Administration’s decision to repeal the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). The program, which came into effect in 2002, targeted boys and men from 25 countries, predominately Muslim-majority or Arab. Of the 22 member states of the Arab League, 18 were listed. In the Department of Homeland Security’s final rule released today stated, “The regulatory structure pertaining to NSEERS no longer provides a discernable public benefit as the program has been rendered obsolete.”    

From NSEERS' inception, AAI worked to oppose it as a flawed and discriminatory program that wasted law enforcement dollars and resources while failing to produce a single known terrorism conviction. AAI saw firsthand how families were torn apart. Small businesses and immigrant neighborhoods were decimated and students had to leave their dreams behind.
Although NSEERS was suspended in 2011, it is a program that should have never come into being. And while it is too late for the many whose lives were upended by it, we are pleased to see that fourteen years later, this flawed policy has officially come to an end. Further, we will remain vigilant in opposing any potential policies moving forward that would seek to target people based on religion or national origin.

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information, please visit


Additional resources:

November coalition letter calling for NSEERS removal 

AAI Issue Brief on NSEERS

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