The Justice Department said Tuesday that it's reviewing CAIR's letter requesting an investigation.
In recent years, the scope of the no-fly list has expanded significantly. Government officials said the list has doubled in the past year, to more than 20,000 individuals, including about 500 Americans.
Both families have also sought assistance from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. A spokesman, Tom Towslee, said Wyden has inquired with the FBI about Tarhuni's situation, but has not yet received a response. He said Wyden "wants to make sure he's treated fairly" as a U.S. citizen and Oregon resident who traveled to Libya with a reputable humanitarian group. Towslee did not have information on Elogbi.
Elogbi and Tarhuni are planning to try to fly to the U.S. next week, accompanied by an attorney, though they have received no assurances that they will be able to travel. Elogbi said his health has deteriorated because of the stress and because he has run out of his blood-pressure medication.
"I don't even know what the FBI wants from me," Elogbi said. "When you are treated like a criminal by your own country, that really hurts."
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