U.S. citizens and Iranian relatives sue over travel ban

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A group of American citizens and legal residents trying to bring their Iranian spouses and other family to join them in the United States has filed a federal lawsuit saying they are being unfairly blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban.

The families sued late Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, saying they have waited months for waivers to be able to be reunited, but the U.S. government hasn't issued them.

Escalating tensions between the United States and Iran cause the families additional stress, and they fear they could be separated indefinitely.

"They don't have any other options, and so the only hope they have is the court. Otherwise, they could be in this indefinitely," said Curtis Morrison, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

An official at the State Department declined to comment on pending litigation. A message requesting comment from the Department of Homeland Security was not immediately returned.

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