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Obama to shutter registry once used to track Muslims, Arabs

The Obama administration is dismantling a defunct database, a move that may make it more difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to start a "Muslim registry."

WASHINGTON, USA - DECEMBER 12: Demonstrators holding placards stop in front of Trump International Hotel on their way to the White House to protest the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program and President Elect Donald Trumps proposed Muslim Registry in Washington, USA on December 12, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The Obama administration has unveiled plans to officially dismantle the national registry developed after 9/11 that tracked visitors from countries with terrorist groups.

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which registered 80,000 people from 25 countries, was criticized as an unjust way to track of Muslims and Arabs in the US.

The Obama move could make it more difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to use an existing program to build a "Muslim registry," something he he promised to create while running for office.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for additional comment.