Monday, July 21, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the government in a federal court in Kansas for unlawfully delaying the citizen application of Julian Polous Al Matchy, a highly decorated U.S. Army war hero. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri in cooperation with the McCrummen Immigration Law Group, LLC. The case is the latest (for a report from us on one lawsuit last week, click here) in a string of lawsuits fighting prolonged, system-wide naturalization delays that are the result of lags in FBI background checks. Because of the delays, hundreds of thousands of citizenship applications have been held up well past the 120-day window established by Congress and the immigration agency itself for processing the applications.