U.S. immigration officials discriminate against Muslims when processing citizenship applications, according to a New York University Law School think tank.

Since 9/11, increased security checks of citizenship applications “have illegally delayed the processing of thousands of applications from Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern and South Asian men,” according to the NYU report.

“Americans on Hold: Profiling, Citizenship, and the ‘War on Terror,”‘ a 63-page report, was issued Wednesday (April 25) by lawyers at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU’s law school.

The report says several issues are behind the delays, such as the association of “terrorists” with men who are perceived to be Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian.

The report is also critical of a 2002 immigration law that requires non-citizen men from 25 countries — 24 of which are predominantly Muslim — to register with the government.

The U.S. practice of checking names against a list of suspected terrorists has also been problematic, the report says. Prior to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the list of individuals suspected of terrorism and banned from air travel had only 16 names. By October 2006, the “no-fly” list contained 44,000 names, according to the report.


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