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Between 2007 and 2017, the U.S. State Department approved 8,482 child bride requests, adults seeking to bring into the country a minor spouse or fiance and minors petitioning to bring in an adult spouse or finance from abroad, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the U.S. government approved 204 requests by minors to bring in their minor spouses/fiances.
"In nearly all the cases, the girls were the younger person in the relationship," reported the AP. "In 149 instances, the adult was older than 40, and in 28 cases the adult was over 50...."
Examples - Immigration - Officials - Petition - Spouse
Some of the examples cited included, "In 2011, immigration officials approved a 14-year-old's petition for a 48-year-old spouse in Jamaica. A petition from a 71-year-old man was approved in 2013 for his 17-year-old wife in Guatemala."
The information was initally gathered by the Senate Homeland Security Committee after a request to the State Department was made in 2017.
Problem - Sen - Ron - Johnson - R-Wisc
"It indicates a problem," said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). In a letter, Johnson and his former colleague, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said, "Our immigration system may unintentionally shield the abuse of women and children."
As the report indicates, these child bride...
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