This is what happens if the Trump administration follows up on its Muslim registry proposal.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump assumed an aggressive stance toward Islamic terrorism and Muslims in general as a cornerstone of his security policy. Starting with his plan to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS, Trump’s proposed ban on all immigration from Muslim countries became a knee-jerk reaction to the San Bernardino terrorist attack. After an uproar caused by the statement, this policy suggestion was amended to a temporary ban on entry from countries implicated in terrorism.
What really shocked the democratic mind of America was the discussion by Trump’s policy advisors about creating a registry and identification system for American Muslims. This echoed a database created under George W. Bush’s presidency that required men over the age of 16 to regularly report to immigration officials. Of the 25 countries listed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on this National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), 24 were Muslim; the other one was North Korea. The registry was suspended in 2011, after it failed to bring a single terrorist conviction, and fully dismantled in December 2016.
Now, fears of a registry being brought back in a more extreme form have brought comparisons with both the Nazi Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, with Donald Trump refusing to clarify his position on the issue. Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, called on all American Jews to register as Muslims, followed by a solidarity #IWillRegister pledge from non-Muslims across the country.
Here is a sobering glimpse at what it might actually look like.
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