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Obama Dumps Registry For Some Immigrant Men, Mostly Muslims

The NSEERS program was widely derided by civil libertarians as an effort to profile people based on race and religion

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    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

    The Obama administration is officially ending a post-9/11 era registration system for immigrant men from mostly Muslim countries.

    The decision to scrap the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System comes amid growing international terror fears and President-elect Donald Trump's suggestions that he could ban Muslim immigrants from the United States.

    Trump said Wednesday, "You know my plans." 

    The NSEERS program was widely derided by civil libertarians as an effort to profile people based on race and religion.

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    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)

    The administration hasn't been using the program since 2011.

    In a statement, Joanne Lin, ACLU senior legislative counsel, said: "The ACLU applauds the Obama administration for terminating NSEERS for good. With this action, the U.S. is on the right path to protect Muslim and Arab immigrants from discrimination.”