Jun 30, 2010

Dear Advocates:

There is an important, unique and pressing opportunity to comment on the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) in response to the May 5, 2010 Notice Published in the Federal Register (FR), Vol. 75, No. 86 (75 FR 24721) pertaining to NSEERS. THE DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK ON JULY 6TH.

Click here to download the MODEL COMMENT prepared by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in response to the Notice. Also, click here to download a copy of the federal register publication.

This model comment may be adapted for groups and individuals who wish to respond to an important information request re: burden of NSEERS. While the language of the Notice may seem ministerial, it presents an important and unique opportunity to educate and highlight the monetary and human costs of the NSEERS program, and press for its termination.


Mr. Joseph M. Gerhart, Chief, Records Management Branch

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

500 12th Street, S.W., Room 3138

Washington, DC 20024


If you have any stories regarding NSEERS registrants, please do not hesitate to share them with us. This will enhance our advocacy efforts to terminate NSEERS.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (fahed@adc.org or 202-244-2990) and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (ssw11@psu.edu or 814-865-3823), Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

All the best,


ADC Continues to Call for the Termination of NSEERS

Washington, DC | June 29, 2010 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today submitted detailed comments in response to the May 5, 2010 Notice, Published in the Federal Register (FR), Vol. 75, No. 86 (75 FR 24721) pertaining to the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS). In its comments, ADC unequivocally reaffirmed its long standing position that NSEERS must be terminated and that NSEERS-related regulations be repealed. You can read ADC's comments by clicking here.

Implemented after 9/11 as a counterterrorism tool, and built on a discriminatory structure targeting non-immigrants from Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries, NSEERS has not only been ineffective for counterterrorism purposes, but also has had a negative impact on governmental outreach efforts with these communities. The actual practical utility of the program has been called into question, and is scheduled to be audited by the Office of Inspector General within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before the end of 2010. The program also continues to burden both DHS and the registrants with unnecessary and extra costs.

Eight years after the implementation of the program, governmental information on NSEERS continues to be shockingly inaccurate, as evidenced in the May 5, 2010, Notice. ADC calls on the Obama Administration to end the shame of NSEERS, shift away from policies solely based on national origin and religious profiling tactics, and provide relief for well-intentioned individuals adversely affected by the program.

More Information about ADC's Advocacy on NSEERS:

To read about general developments on NSEERS, please see the report on NSEERS issued last year by ADC and the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. ADC also has developed a blog the Race Matters Blog or "EndNSEERS" blog; and the Revised Annual Performance planof the Office of Inspector General discussing its plan for auditing NSEERS by the end of 2010 (pages 56-57).

Legal problems related to NSEERS? ADC Legal Department offers Pro Bono Assistance

If you have legal problems as a result of NSEERS, please do not hesitate to contact the ADC Legal Department for pro bono assistance. You can reach the ADC Legal Department by e-mailinglegal@adc.org, or calling 202-244-2990.