President Barack Obama is staying busy while on holiday with his family in Hawaii. In addition to signing a slew of late night Executive Orders to preserve his legacy, Obama dismantled a tracking system that could catch possible terrorists.
According to the NY Daily News, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Neema Hakim said the agency is “removing outdated regulations pertaining to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems program.”
The NSEERS program was created in 2002 to track “non-immigrant males” entering the US from the Middle East after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City.
The program, which was deactivated by Obama in 2011, was created to track males from primarily Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries who might possibly commit terrorist acts on American soil.
The Obama administration doesn’t want incoming President Donald Trump to use the system to monitor Muslim immigrants that have been resettled in every state.
The Obama administration claims the program to track potential terrorists is useless and serves no public benefit.
“Recent measures … have only reinforced the point that NSEERS and its regulatory structure serve no public benefit,” argued Hakim. “Rather, its use would divert limited personnel and resources from more effective measures,” he added.
Critics of the program noted that NSEERS — which hasn’t been in operation since 2011 — did not result in a single terrorism prosecution.