Trump adviser accidentally reveals border wall, immigrant-tracking ideas
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a member of the Trump transition team who’s been floated as a cabinet member, learned a new lesson the hard way: Don’t hold documents where the cameras can see them. In a clear shot of his photo op with Trump, some of the ideas on a position paper are clearly visible.
A quick guide, starting with Kobach’s Homeland Security ideas:
1. Update and reintroduce the NSEERS screening and tracking system (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) that was in place from 2002-2005. All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked.
That tracking system, created after 9/11, was abandoned after tens of thousands of people were tracked and none of them had ties to al-Qaeda. It was opposed vigorously by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has pledged to sue again if a new version is adopted.
2. Add extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens; question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution.
“Extreme vetting” was a Trump campaign promise that was never fleshed out this clearly.