(ST. LOUIS,Â MO, 5/18/2016) â€“ On Thursday, May 19, the Hacking Law Practice and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will hold a press conference announce the filing of a lawsuit against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of 13 area Muslims who have been waiting for years to become U.S. citizensÂ
WHAT: Press Conference to Discuss Lawsuit Against USCIS
WHEN:Â Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm. -Â 12:45 pm.
WHERE: U.S. Federal Courthouse,Â 111 S. 10th St., St. Louis, MO 63102
“This lawsuit challenges the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP), a secret government program that holds Muslim immigration applicants to a higher legal standard,” said Jim Hacking, lead attorney on the case. “While many are troubled by the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric during this election cycle, including discussions regarding whether to ban Muslims from immigrating to America, this lawsuit challenges the current discriminatory practices of USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s truly disturbing about CARRP is that there is no way to challenge inclusion in the program, it was not authorized by Congress and there is no deadline to resolve these cases,â€ said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. â€œMuslims living in America who are qualified to become citizens have to wait for years because of this discriminatory program.”
The plaintiffs are lawful permanent residents who come from all over the world – Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Bosnia, Nigeria, Albania and Palestine.Â The group includes business owners, students, teachers, and religious leaders.
The lawsuit was filed by the Hacking Law Practice, LLC, an immigration litigation law firm located in Webster Groves, in cooperation with CAIR-MO.
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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: Immigration Attorney Jim Hacking, (314) 602-3794, email@example.com; CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed,Â 636-207-8882,Â 314-330-2946, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,Â 202-744-7726, email@example.com