A victory in our challenge to the government’s once-secret program targeting Muslims

We are celebrating an important court victory that will allow us to advocate on behalf of community members who had been denied opportunities to become citizens or lawful permanent residents because of a once-secret program.

The government’s “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (known as CARRP) has been in effect since 2008. Since it began, CARRP has been used to exclude applicants from majority Muslim countries or communities from becoming U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents by blacklisting them as “national security concerns” based on things like lawful religious activity or national origin – all without the legal authority to do so.

Community members whose applications have been rejected are not even given a chance to review the rationale behind the government’s decision. Nor are they able to respond to any allegations raised during the review of their application.

In an attempt to end this unjust program, we, alongside our partners from the ACLU, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin, and Perkins Coie LLP filed a lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of five individuals whose applications for citizenship and legal residency were delayed for long periods of time – even years – under CARRP.

This week, we celebrated our first victory in this case.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, based here in Seattle, rejected the Trump administration’s effort to dismiss our lawsuit while also granting the case national class-action status with the potential to help anyone who has been unfairly impacted by this program across the country.

We look forward to continuing to fight on behalf of all our Muslim community members who were harmed by the CARRP program. You can read more about the case in this Seattle Times Article.