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CAIR-MI Files Lawsuit to Reunite Michigan Family After Years of Inaction on Visas

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 7/3/2018) — The Michigan office of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today filed a lawsuit in federal court aimed at reuniting a Michigan family.

In 2014, a mother from Dearborn, Mich., filed immigration applications for her twin sons — at that time four years old — to be reunited with her, her two other U.S. citizen children and their extended family. Those applications were approved in 2016, and the two young boys were given visas to come to the United States with their mother.

However, after the visas were approved, the U.S. government subsequently voided the visas and placed both minor children into “administrative processing.” The government has provided no explanation for this bureaucratic about face and has provided no information regarding the length of time it will take to complete administrative processing for these young boys.

In the more than two years that this family’s visa applications have been in administrative processing, the government has taken no action to complete the process, made no contact with the family or its attorneys and have requested no additional information with which it would continue to finalize the Visa process. 

CAIR-MI today filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan asking the court to force the government to make a decision on these visa applications. Based on current laws, these young children would become U.S. Citizens upon arriving in the U.S. with their mother. 

“It is apparent from the lack of action on the part of the government that there never was an intention to make a determination on these 8-year-old boys’ visa applications and that they would be left to languish in perpetuity,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure. “This is just another example of our government violating immigration laws to further its policies of separating families and keeping Muslims out of America.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, (586) 943-8823, adoukoure@cair.com

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