A previously undisclosed program to identify people with terrorist ties who are trying to become naturalized citizens has indefinitely delayed applications of thousands of legal U.S. residents, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
Left: Egyptian-born Tarek Hamdi holds his U.S. naturalization certificate in 2012. He first applied in 2001, was rejected years later and then won in court. Wonder why he was rejected? Note the heavy-duty beard.
The ACLU said the program casts an overly wide net and discriminates against people based on national origin and religion. For example, it ensnares applicants who simply attended a mosque subjected to law-enforcement surveillance, the ACLU said.