Five years ago, Adil Amrani, an Orlando cabdriver, began his wait to become a U.S. citizen. He’s still waiting.
“I love this country,” said Amrani, who is from Morocco. “I gave up everything to come here, and now I am treated like I’m not welcomed.”
On Wednesday, he joined a statewide lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the FBI for what they call unusually lengthy delays in processing Muslim citizenship applications.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest advocacy group for Muslims, and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami are representing Amrani and the other 24 plaintiffs, seven of whom are from Orlando.
“He wants merely to be a U.S. citizen,” said Danette Zaghari-Mask, CAIR’s Orlando executive director. “Without citizenship, many of these plaintiffs are separated from family members abroad, and all are unable to vote in the upcoming presidential election.”
Federal law requires a decision on citizenship to be made within 120 days of the naturalization interview. (MORE)