(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 10/14/2014) — On Tuesday, October 14, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) filed a federal lawsuit and petition for a writ of mandamus on behalf of an American Muslim of Yemeni origin who applied to renew his passport, and whose application has been pending for more than one year and four months. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.
CAIR-MI's lawsuit states in part:
” has systematically willfully and unlawfully withheld and/or unreasonably delayed the processing of United States passport applications filed by Muslim Americans of Yemeni origin, thereby unlawfully denying these individuals — including Plaintiff — their constitutionally-protected right to travel without affording them their right to due process of law under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“The federal government has routinely delayed the processing of passport applications for Muslims of Yemeni origin for an indefinite period of time,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri. “This lawsuit challenges the federal government's unchecked practice of denying these individuals their constitutionally-protected right to travel without affording them their right to due process of law.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, email@example.com