Barack Obama is not going quietly into the night.
In fact, he’s using his final days to implement rules and regulations designed to make it as difficult as possible for Donald Trump to enact his agenda.
Observers saw one move as a direct slap in the face.
Obama’s Department of Homeland Security filed notice that it is eliminating Bush-era rules about the National Security Entry-Exit program that were created in 2002 requiring foreigners – who were mostly men from Muslim countries – to register with the government.
The Department of Homeland Security filed an official notice Thursday that it is deleting the published rules for the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, a program the Bush administration used in 2002 and 2003 to require male foreigners over 16 from 25 largely Muslim-majority countries to register with U.S. immigration authorities.
During the presidential campaign, Trump proposed a temporary ban on immigration of Muslims to the U.S. After an outcry over that proposal, including from some of his supporters, he said the moratorium would only apply to countries whose nationals have been involved in terrorism against the U.S. or its allies.
Since the most controversial part of the Bush administration’s registration effort was abandoned in December 2003, the Obama team’s move to dismantle the regulations is largely symbolic. Nevertheless, more than 200 civil rights, religious and other organizations urged the administration to delete the rules out of concern that they would serve as a framework for Trump to renew or expand the registration effort.
The Homeland Security notice released Thursday and scheduled for formal publication on Friday called the NSEERS program “obsolete and inefficient.”
This was a direct challenge to Trump’s proposed Muslim ban or his later proposal to stop immigration from countries with a suspected tie to terrorism, and to institute extreme vetting.
The American Civil Liberties Union applauded Obama’s insult.
Joanne Lin, the group’s senior legislative counsel, released a statement that read:
“NSEERS was a completely failed counter-terrorism tool and massive profiling program that didn’t yield a single terrorism conviction in nearly a decade. The ACLU applauds the Obama administration for terminating NSEERS for good. With this action, the U.S. is on the right path to protect Muslim and Arab immigrants from discrimination.”
This move comes on the heels of the Berlin terror attack.
Anis Amri was a Tunisian national who sought asylum in Germany.
His application was rejected because of known terrorist ties.
But he was never deported.
And on December 19th, he plowed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin where he killed 12 people and injured nearly 50.
ISIS immediately took credit for the attack, declaring he was one of their soldiers.
Amri was later shot dead in Italy by two police officers after a continent-wide manhunt.
This prompted Trump to revive talks of his Muslim ban or bringing a halt to all immigration from terrorist hot spots.
Many Americans applauded Trump’s stance on protecting America.
But the Obama administration continues their politically correct policies toward terrorism.
Obama is trying to jam Trump.
The program to allow the government to track who is entering and exiting the country already existed.
Now if Trump reinstates the rules, the left will accuse him of creating a so-called “Muslim registry.”
It’s another step in Obama’s effort to make Trump’s start as President as difficult as possible.