12.20.16: Get smart about the Muslim registry
Resisting means knowing the facts.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said he would "absolutely" implement a registry of American Muslims. Then he blatantly lied about his previous promise, claiming he never advocated for any religious-based registry. Still, there's a lot of confusion about what a registry would or wouldn't entail and whether it would violate the Constitution -- so hang on tight, because today's action is heavy on the learning. Today's call to action: get smart about (and resist) Trump's proposed registry of American Muslims.
Learn about Trump's proposed registry and NSEERS
First, a quick overview. We already shared how Trump has gone back and forth on whether or not he'd create a registry of American Muslims; during his campaign, he said he'd create one and that Muslims would have to appear in person to register. Most experts agree that this wouldn't actually be the case -- all Trump would have to do is reactivate a registry that already exists. That database, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), was created by the Bush administration after 9/11 to round up and deport Muslims suspected of being terrorists. (Spoiler alert: it didn't work.) The database is currently not in use, but could be reinstated and revamped under a Trump administration.
Now, to the links:
- What Trump has said about a Muslim registry (ABC News)
- Trump's Muslim registry wouldn't be illegal, constitutional law experts say (Politico)
- Donald Trump's proposed "Muslim registry," explained (Vox)
- Silicon Valley has already, accidentally, created a Muslim registry (New York Magazine)
- Don't offer to sign up - stop the Muslim registry before it begins (The Establishment)
Act to stop the Muslim registry from being reinstated or recreated
- Tell President Obama that it's time to delete NSEERS, before Trump takes office
- Demand that tech companies join Apple, Google, IBM and others and tell Trump they won't help make the registry
- Donate to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and support the fight to defend American Muslims' rights