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Is US Citizenship for Muslim Immigrants Being Slow-Tracked?
The ACLU claims that the Sons of Allah aren’t getting their full trough of American goodies quickly enough from the government. The SoCal branch of the uber-left outfit has published a report alleging that Muslim newbies are given extra scrutiny because of the heightened terror threat they present.
As if attention to national security would be a bad thing.
The open-borders diversity-enthralled ACLUers must hope that attention from the sharia-friendly President will remedy what they see as a problem. And they may well be right.
Say, why let them in the door in the first place? For example, Washington admits Muslim foreign students who then try to mass-murder Americans: cases include the Bangladeshi who schemed to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and Saudi national Khalid Aldawsari who gathered explosive materials to hit nuclear power plants.
ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship, Associated Press, August 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Civil liberties advocates said Wednesday they have uncovered a government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns that has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that federal immigration officers are instructed to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they’ll flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they failed to receive sufficient information from the immigrant.
The criteria used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to blacklist immigrants are overly broad and include traveling through regions where there is terrorist activity, the report said.
The ACLU learned about the program through records requests after detecting a pattern in cases of Muslim immigrants whose applications to become American citizens had languished.
“It is essentially creating this secret criteria for obtaining naturalization and immigration benefits that has never been disclosed to the public and Congress hasn’t approved,” said Jennie Pasquarella, an ACLU staff attorney and the report’s author.
“I feel like ultimately this is just about politics. They don’t want to be seen as having granted citizenship to somebody who’s going to be the next Boston bomber,” she said.
It was not immediately clear how many immigrants have been reviewed under the program, which began in 2008 and is formally known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program.
Christopher Bentley, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the agency routinely checks the background of immigrants applying for benefits and puts the country’s safety, and the integrity of the immigration system, first.
“We are vigilant in executing these responsibilities, and will not sacrifice national security or public safety in the interest of expediting the review of benefit applications,” Bentley said in a statement.
Under the program, immigration officers determine whether a case poses a national security concern and confer with the appropriate law enforcement agency that has information about the immigrant. Officers then conduct additional research and put many cases on hold for long periods of time. Most applications are eventually denied, as the program states that officers are not allowed to approve such cases without additional review, the report said.
Iranian math professor Mahdi Asgari started receiving visits from FBI agents after he applied for citizenship three years ago, the report said. At one point, agents asked him about his relationship with a fellow Iranian graduate student whom he now has little contact with.
Asgari is still waiting for a decision on his naturalization application, the ACLU said.