What in the hell is wrong with the U.S. Consulate in Morocco? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. I have sued that Consulate now 70 times.
I sued that Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco more than all the other embassies combined. I’m actually in shock as to how bad the officers are treating our clients or even our potential clients at the U.S. Consulate in Morocco. I have seen case after case of legitimate marriages, legitimate fiance relationships, where the embassy is going crazy, crazy. They are bringing in the U.S. citizen. They’re grilling the crap out of people. They’re scaring the crap out of people. They’re lying, they’re exaggerating, they’re threatening, they’re abusive. They’re verbally abusive to the people who are going to interviews at that Consulate and something needs to happen.
I’m thinking in my mind about something bigger than a one-by-one lawsuit. I’m trying to figure out what needs to be done, but this place has gone bananas. I don’t know why or where they get off treating people the way that they treat them. And I don’t know what authority they have to go after these marriage-based couples so harshly. I have had three consults in the last two weeks where the U.S. citizen was crying, literally crying because of the treatment. And I’m not just talking about delays, I’m talking about what’s going on when either the couple arrives at the Consulate or when the foreign national arrives at the Consulate in Casablanca.
Now I shoot, I shot a creative, crazy video when we were in Morocco last October outside the Consulate and I would love to have been able to go in, but of course I didn’t have an appointment or any kind of right to go inside, but as soon as I started shooting my video, they came over and were wondering what the hell we were doing. So it only lasted about a minute but I’m really troubled by what’s going on there and I really don’t know why this Consulate is so crazy, so mean, so terrible to people.
And I think frankly they’ve gone well beyond any acceptable practices. And I’m all for finding marriage fraud. I’m all for finding immigration fraud. But you can’t find it in every case and you can’t treat people like this, so I’m going to keep suing them. And I’m going to keep fighting for people. I’m going to do what I can to help them, but I think there needs to be some greater consciousness.
There’s need, needs to be some reporting on this, some investigative journalism. That place has gone off the rails and they need to be reigned in. They need to be checked, and they need to be analyzed as to their denial rates, and their treatment of people and the way that they talk to people.
I had a guy go in the other day and they were saying, you’re not worthy for your wife. You’re a bad person. You don’t deserve her. I mean, this is ridiculous. They should not be able to talk to people like this and I know, oh, it’s immigrants and then you can treat them however you want. Well, it’s wrong. It’s wrong, it’s immoral, it’s harsh, it’s mean and it needs to stop. Until then we’re going to keep doing what we can to help our fine clients from Morocco, all the people that we love. Great country.
We had so much fun last year. We got to visit Fez, we got to visit Meknes, we got to visit Chefchaouen. We got to see one of our clients there and we just had a wonderful time in Morocco. I love the Moroccan people. I love Morocco. I’m going to go back.
We had to cut our trip short because my mother-in-law got sick so we haven’t been to Marrakesh, but we are going to keep that fight alive. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail over there. Hopefully they’ll start getting some semblance of normalcy and treat people like they do at other embassies. I don’t know why this embassy treats people so differently.
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