Chicago Muslim Granted Citizenship

Chicago: The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) has announced the resolution of a citizenship delay case that has been pending for the past five years.
Despite successfully passing his citizenship exam in 2002 and taking part in repeated interviews, CAIR-Chicago's client had his naturalization delayed pending a background check.
The client was recently sworn in by the presiding Northern Illinois District Federal Court judge instead of in the usual group oath ceremony. His case was resolved before a June 15th court hearing.
"Law-abiding Muslims throughout the nation are facing unreasonable delays in being granted citizenship," said CAIR-Chicago attorney Bitta Mostofi. "CAIR-Chicago will continue to advocate for and represent individuals who have experienced these unnecessarily lengthy delays."
CAIR-Chicago launched an ongoing class action complaint again the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2005 seeking to place a cap on the amount of time allotted to conduct the background checks necessary for acquiring citizenship and to prohibit discrimination based on religion in applying for citizenship.

 

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