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When Barack Obama first ran for president, he was derided by those on the right for the work he did as a community organizer. They criticized him for going door-to-door listening to people’s concerns, and coming up with a plan of action to help them improve their communities. They said it was not the kind of early-career work that would prepare someone for the highest office in the land. And yet, of that time, President Obama said it was “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.”
I am a Rabbi who stands with Muslims, Jews, and other concerned citizens in urging President Obama to dismantle the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) — the Bush-era “Muslim registry” that already exists — before President-elect Donald Trump can expand it to further isolate and target the Muslim community.
Around 200 Muslim activists and allies marched from the Department of Justice to the White House yesterday, asking Obama to dismantle the indefinitely suspended National Security Exit-Entry Registry System before Trump is elected.
Out of nine U.S. technology firms contacted by The Intercept earlier this month, only one — Twitter — would rule out participating in the creation of a national Muslim registry, something Donald Trump has floated as a possibility. On Monday, 22 advocacy groups sent a letter to the other eight companies, urging them to take a stand.