Citizenship Delay Project


In the summer of 2017, CAIR-Chicago started the Citizenship Delay Project. Since the creation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2002, organizations offering legal services like CAIRChicago have noticed a trend toward pre-textual denials, inordinate delays, redundant requests for interviews, and generally stricter scrutiny applied to Muslim applicants. This is in part related to a covert vetting program implemented by USCIS in 2009 called the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP). This process relies on bloated terrorist databases, discriminatory procedures, and social biases against Muslims to invoke arbitrary requirements for the enhanced vetting of applicants.

In an effort to learn more about the impact of these programs, CAIR-Chicago is turning to immigration statistics and program-specific policies. There has yet to be an attempt to analyze discernible data on the impact of extreme vetting programs like CARRP on the Muslim community. By submitting formal requests for immigration data through the Freedom of Information Act, CAIR-Chicago plans to review and analyze this information to determine whether or not the program poses an undue hardship and substantial burden on members of the Muslim community in contrast to applicants from non-Muslim countries of origin.