Published On: Sun, Jan 13th, 2019

U.S. Laws Shockingly Permit Child Brides To Be Brought Into The Country

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Activists against the practice of securing child brides are stunned to learn that U.S. law actually allows for children to be brought into the country as spouses.

According to government data obtained by The Associated Press, thousands and thousands of men have requested to escort in their child and adolescent brides to live with them in the past decade. As the AP reports, those requests were all approved because the Immigration and Nationality Act doesn’t set a minimum age requirement for a person’s spouse or fiancée.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also considers whether a marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancée’s home country and then legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

People believe that the immigration system is enabling forced marriage and that U.S. laws are only allowing this practice to continue. Several states, including New York, Virginia and Maryland, allow children younger than 16 to marry but with court permission.

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