Ten Muslim men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the government has violated their civil rights by denying them U-S citizenship.
Advocates say the men are all legal permanent residents who have no criminal backgrounds.
In their lawsuit filed yesterday, the men allege that the government has denied them citizenship for up to two years even though they have passed every test and interview.
They claim the government has discriminated against them based on their gender and religious beliefs. Some of their wives applied for citizenship at the same time they did and have been approved.
The lawsuit seeks a court order for the men to be sworn in as citizens, unspecified damages and attorney fees.
A Justice Department spokesman said yesterday that federal officials hadn't reviewed the lawsuit and couldn't comment.