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WorldUS has signed off on thousands of child bride requests

02:20  12 january  2019
02:20  12 january  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The US Department of State has approved thousands of requests made by older men wanting to bring their underage spouses or fiancées to the Land of the Free, government data collected by the Associated Press reveals.

Over the past few decades, the United States government approved thousands of requests by men to Stock image of a child bride ( WIN-Initiative ). Over the past few decades, the United Some states let 16- and 17-year-olds to marry as long as they have parental consent, and in states like

US has signed off on thousands of child bride requests© Getty Images US has signed off on thousands of child bride requests The State Department has approved thousands of requests made by older men to bring child or adolescent brides to the country in the past decade, according to an Associated Press report published Friday (Saturday AEDT) and based on government data.

The State Department approved 5,556 requests made from adults who were looking to bring minor spouses or fiancées to the United States and 2,926 requests made by minors that were seeking to have older spouses brought in. The agency also reportedly approved 204 requests made by minors seeking to bring in spouses who were also minors.

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"All we asked was for a little help from our friends and family to make it happen," she wrote. The couple asked each wedding guest to contribute ,500 to their wedding, along with a ,000 pledge from the maid of honor, and a ,000 pledge from the groom's parents ("Like, we made it CLEAR.

Research has shown that there are at least 250 child marriages in the Netherlands every year since 2013. In Germany there are at least 1000 (or much But Plan international Ireland says this is just the tip of the iceberg and they state that “there are thousands of child brides living with their ‘husbands’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the first step for consideration of petitions for spouses or fiancées. The USCIS weighs the petitions by whether the marriage is legal in the home country where the spouse resides and in the state where the petitioner resides, the AP reported.

Data gathered by the news agency revealed that in the majority of cases, girls were the youngest in the relationship. In nearly 150 cases, the man seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancées to the U.S. was over the age of 40.

In one case from 2011, a 14-year-old residing in the U.S. requested that the State Department allow a 48-year-old spouse to enter the country from Jamaica. The request was approved by immigration officials. It did not indicate the genders of the two people.

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One would’ve expected us to have sorted this problem out by January 2016. At the very least, we Also read: Married off for 'honour' — Pakistan's child brides . Is the humour lost on the lawmakers when a Dear child bride of the 21st century, I have no authority to affect the course of your suffering.

Child marriage remains legal in the US and half of states have no set minimum age below which a child can't get married. In a new BBC documentary series entitled America First, former child bride Angel, now 26, from Idaho, recalled how she was just 13 when her mum forced her to marry and start

There were over 5,000 cases in which adults also reportedly petitioned on behalf minors.

The most requests came from Mexico, Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen, while Middle Eastern nationals reportedly had the highest percentage of approved petitions overall.

Some lawmakers, including Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said the numbers indicate "a loophole that we need to close."

Johnson, who requested data on child bride requests along with then-Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in 2017, called for a better system to track and vet petitions after it took them more than a year to get the information they requested around the time.

"Our immigration system may unintentionally shield the abuse of women and children," the senators also reportedly said in a letter at the time.

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