SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco group is suing John Kerry over the practice of taking passports away from Yemeni-Americans after a man was left stranded in Yemen while visiting relatives.

Omar Masad claims he was not permitted to return to the U.S. for over a year after his passport was confiscated, and he was subjected to aggressive interrogation.

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The lawsuit claims that the State Department has been “taking U.S. passports away from Yemeni-Americans based on bizarre allegations that their identities are ‘false’ – without first giving them a day in court, and in many cases leaving them stranded abroad.”

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Attorneys with the Asian Law Caucus filed the suit.

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Oakland business owner Rayman Hussein was stuck in Yemen for over a year as well after his passport was confiscated.