Suit filed against US govt over Muslim citizenship denials, delays
Los Angeles: Five people are suing the US government alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their applications for citizenship and green cards.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday alleging the government doesn`t allow immigration officers to approve benefits for applicants deemed a national security concern under a 2008 programme.
The ACLU says the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Programme uses overly broad criteria and has delayed naturalisation and green card applications filed by Palestinian, Iranian and Somali clients.
A message was left for US Citizenship and Immigration Services seeking comment.
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