Group: Some Muslims face delays for US citizenship
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Civil liberties advocates say they have uncovered a US government programme that has blacklisted some Muslims and put their citizenship applications on hold for years as it screens immigrants for national security concerns.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the criteria used by US Citizenship and Immigration Services to blacklist immigrants are overly broad and include traveling through regions where there is terrorist activity.
The report says immigration officers are instructed to find ways to deny applications who have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they'll claim they failed to receive sufficient information from the immigrant.
The ACLU learned about the programme through records requests after detecting a pattern in cases of Muslim immigrants whose applications to become US citizens had languished.