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
"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.