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NSEERS Program Scrapped!

Washington, DC, May 2, 2003. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has announced the end of the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS), the immigration program that required Iranian males to register with the INS on a regular basis.

The program will be replaced by a new initiative, and it is not certain whether all aspects of NSEERS will remain in the new program. If not, this will be a great victory for the Iranian-American community and all organizations that worked hand-in-hand to reverse the discriminatory aspects of this program. NIAC users sent more than 5,000 letters and emails to Congress and the White House, protesting this program. Through NIAC's website, more than 110 meetings with Members of Congress were set up on this issue as well.

We are hopeful that these efforts, and the efforts of other organizations, will pay off soon. This again underscores the importance of active participation in American civic and political life.

The National Iranian American Council

... Payvand News - 5/5/03 ... --

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