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U.S. Immigration services approved visa requests for thousands of child brides and fiancees from 2007 to 2017.
The approvals were legal, as applicants take advantage of the fact that the Immigration and Nationality Act does not limit the age of spouses and the fact that many states allow for minors to be married under certain circumstances.
Senate - Homeland - Security - Committee - Issue
The Senate Homeland Security Committee recognizes the issue as a legal loophole by which the U.S. has been enabling forced child marriages.
The U.S. approved more than 5,000 requests by men to bring child or adolescent brides into the country over the past decade, enabling forced child marriages.
US - Immigration - Authorities - Requests - Men
U.S. immigration authorities approved 5,556 requests from older men to bring child or adolescent wives to the U.S., and approved 2,926 requests from young girls to bring their older husbands to the U.S. between the budget years of 2007 and 2017. The data also revealed 4,749 minor spouses or fiancees had received U.S. green cards in that time period.
The requests and their approvals were apparently legal, according to government data obtained by The Associate Press, due to the fact that the Immigration and Nationality Act does not limit the age of spouses. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also approves or denies requests based on whether the marriage is legal in the home country and the state of the applicant.
Wisconsin - Sen - Ron - Johnson - Chairman
Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the approvals highlight a legal loophole in which, contrary to U.S. policy on child marriage, U.S. immigration services enable the marriages of girls as young as 15 to men as old as 49.
“It indicates a problem. It indicates a loophole that we need to close,” Johnson told the AP.
Cases - Girls - Husbands - Immigration - Officials
In the cases where adolescent girls applied for their older husbands to come over, immigration officials fear they are being forced...
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