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U.S. Consulates ‘Abusing Their Discretion’ To Stop Legal Immigration, Lawyers Say

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U.S. consulate offices around the world are “blatantly abusing their discretion” to stop legal immigration, lawyers say.";s:

For one South Florida man, half a million dollars couldn’t cut it.

In order for the U.S. citizen to bring his parents from overseas on immigrant visas, the Department of State wanted proof that he had at least four times the required amount. In his case, federal law says the man only needed to show $220,000 in assets, but the U.S. demanded proof of $1 million.

“I feel like I’m in an Austin Powers movie,” the man’s attorney, Tammy Fox-Isicoff, told the Miami Herald. “The embassy wants proof of $1 million in assets to immigrate to the U.S., totally disregarding the law. Tell me this administration isn’t trying to stop even legal immigration.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.