LOS ANGELES (AP) — LOS ANGELES — Eighteen immigrants are suing the federal government, alleging they were wrongly denied entry into a program that grants legal residency to foreign entrepreneurs.
Attorney Ira Kurzban said Tuesday that some of the plaintiffs he's representing had already been admitted to the I-526 program but their acceptances were revoked.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program is for entrepreneurs who wish to immigrate to America by investing $1 million and promising to create jobs. The investment amount can be adjusted downward for investments in targeted areas.
The plaintiffs say they invested $12 million to renovate a Riverside office building before renting it to a tenant who created 278 jobs.
The suit was filed Thursday.
A call seeking comment from federal immigration authorities was not immediately returned.