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Citizenship and naturalization: A man's triumph

New York readers might be interested in the recent immigration victory of a Muslim man. The citizenship and naturalization process can be full of red tape, and one man has experienced success after a lengthy legal battle against authorities. A judge has ruled that authorities drew the wrong conclusions about the man's faith, and he is now set to become a citizen of this country.

The story began when the man originally sought to become a citizen in 2008. One of the requirements to become a United States citizen is good moral character. However, this is where the man began to experience problems with his application. Immigration authorities contend that the man lied to officers about his connection to a mosque and the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that believed to have terrorist ties.

However, the man acted on the advice of his lawyer who told him he should not talk about any religious affiliations. When it was apparent that interviewers were questioning those affiliations, the man told the USCIS that he worships at the in-question mosque because he lives close to it. Ultimately, the man denied being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, but the USCIS alleges that they had information linking him to the organization.

Fortunately, a judge has since overturned the man's denied application and now he is free to seek citizenship. According to the ruling, the man's Muslim faith was wrongly judged, and the applicant did possess the requisite moral character that is necessary to become a United States citizen.

It is rare for a judge to overturn an application like this; however, with a little legal assistance, this man can finally realize his dream of becoming a citizen. While many individuals understand how difficult the citizenship and naturalization process can be, most do not expect something as subjective a religious faith to become an issue. Thankfully, a judge has ruled in this man's favor, and he is now free to move forward with his life.

Source: The Washington Post, "Judge overrules immigration authorities, orders Va. Muslim be naturalized," July 25, 2012

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