Trump’s Call to Register Muslims is not new

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As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Here is an interesting take registering Muslims:

It took the rise of Donald Trump for many Americans to first learn about NSEERS (a post-9/11 registration program for non-immigrant males from mostly Muslim-majority countries.) But for years, many of us have been writing about this program and many others like it that disproportionately target Muslims.

Trump’s rhetoric may surprise you, but it is not new. It began even before 9/11 and continues today, often transcending political party. I’m going to share just eight examples that I hope will leave you with a strong grasp of history.

1. “Secret Evidence” Law

Passed in 1996, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act created a new court specifically for government cases to deport aliens accused of terrorism based on classified evidence that would remain secret, even to the accused and their lawyers. (It also did many other things.) It was expanded the…

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