Mehdi V. Homeland Security sign now

Bristol Fashions and Human Faith Member Sue the Government Over Citizenship Delays Two organizations are behind Mr.Mehdi to help their Member become citizens after years of delay.
By Human Faith Member, October 31, 2006

Ajmal Mehdi V. U.S Dept. of Homeland Security.


ETHAN ENZER, Defendants.

Connecticut - One local civil rights and community group Human Faith turned in frustration for one residents, whose citizenship applications have been
delayed years beyond the legal limit. The lawsuit was the last resort. Weve tried everything, said Ms.Shah, executive officer of the Human Faith
Organization of USA . Bristol Fashions worked with the American Human Faith Project to file a class action lawsuit against the government. With this legal action, the Human Faith and Bristol Fashions join other grassroots organizations and individuals nationwide to bring attention to many
applications for naturalization that have been before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for over two years. Most often, the hold-up is because of pending FBI name checks.

Their applications are gathering dust in government offices, said Attorney Alexander Lumelsky of Farmingtion CT. He have passed his English and civics
exams and completed the required interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service officer.The legal path to citizenship From the date of the interview, USCIS has 120 days to decide on the disposition of the application. Most naturalization applications are usually processed
within the requisite time frame, and the applicant is invited to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen. But for Mr. Mehdi case, 120 days came and went long
ago, and he is still waiting to become citizens. When the plaintiffs followed up with USCIS or with local elected representatives, they found out that his case has been delayed because of incomplete FBI name checks. Attorney Alexander explained that the purpose of the lawsuit is to prevent others who have fulfilled all naturalization requirements from having to live in
limbo for years. The time is now to solve this problem and to get these agencies to comply with the law,

The background of background checks :
(news from ACLU)
After 9/11, USCIS made the security checks for immigration benefits more stringent, according to USCIS spokesperson Sharon Rummery. In December 2002,
USCIS sent over 2.7 million names of people who were in the process of applying for permanent resident status and naturalization to the FBI for an in-depth background check known as a name check. This check is different than the routine FBI criminal fingerprint check that is required, for example, of teachers and day care workers as a routine part of their job applications. According to FBI spokesperson criminal checks are done to determine whether an individual has been arrested on suspicion of a felony. These checks
are a part of the application to become a citizen, but they are usually turned around in about two hours, there is a delay in the process, But the name check is a very complicated process, said FBI spokesperson Bill Carter. While criminal checks usually clear quickly, the name check is a detailed look into whether a person is the subject of an FBI record.USCIS does not have any kind of time frame within which it must receive results of the name check,Rummery said. The FBI does the name checks, so we have no control over how much time they take, she explained.

I believe a background check is very important, Ajmal said. This is my home and the home of my family, and I want to make sure everyone is safe. But the checks shouldnt take many years, he said. ajmal wishes to become a Fedral employe, and his lack of citizenship has created obstacles with both furthering his education and with job opportunities.

Human Faith Organization of USA


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