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CAIR-CA: Class-Action Lawsuit for Citizenship Delays


WHAT: Civil rights groups will file a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for its practice of indefinitely delaying citizenship applications in violation of immigration laws. The reported reason for the excessive delays: FBI background checks that take up to several years to clear an applicant. The lawsuit names, as defendants, the heads of the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security, among others.

WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 2007, 11 a.m.

* Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants Rights Project
* Sin Yen Ling, Asian Law Caucus
* Todd Gallinger, CAIR-SFBA Legal Counsel
* Plaintiffs

WHERE: ACLU-NC Offices (across from Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero), 39 Drumm Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

WHY: The plaintiffs wish to pledge allegiance to the country they have called home for years, and fully participate in civic society. They hope to end the uncertainty of whether they will be denied re-entry when they travel abroad and return. Many are waiting to sponsor a spouse or children that have long been kept apart.

CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator,, 408-986-9874, or Stella Richardson, ACLU-NC Media Relations Director,, 415-621-2493.


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