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CAIR-Ohio Files Federal Lawsuit to Reunite Family

(COLUMBUS, OHIO – 2/17/2020) — The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) announced today the filing of a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, on behalf of a U.S. citizen whose wife is stranded in Pakistan.

The couple has been married for more than three years but have been forced to live apart while waiting for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to process the wife’s immigrant visa application. The embassy repeatedly told the couple that they are unable to determine when the application will be approved, even though the couple has completed all the necessary steps required for receiving an immigrant visa.

After contacting the embassy numerous times to no avail, the couple turned to CAIR-Ohio for help. On February 10, 2020, CAIR-Ohio filed a federal lawsuit to compel the adjudication of the immigrant visa application.

“No American citizens should be involuntarily separated from their immediate family for years. This forced separation causes real suffering to families,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Romin Iqbal. “Even though we have successfully filed numerous lawsuits to reunite families, we believe that American citizens should not have to file lawsuits to get rights guaranteed under the law.”

Muslims facing similar delays are urged to contact CAIR-Ohio for assistance by filing an incident report online.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim Civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-Ohio Director Romin Iqbal, 614-783-7953, riqbal@cair.com

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