Forced marriages: US approved thousands of child bride requests over past decade

US approves child marriage immigration cases report

US approves child marriage immigration cases report

The United States claims to be a strong opponent of child marriage around the world.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how US laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. And these petitions generally put weight on whether the marriage would be legal in the country of origin.

Those included petitions in which a minor requests entry for their older spouse, a practice that, according to the non-profit Unchained At Last, allows families to avoid paying dowries. A State Department representative said the department is committed to protecting the rights of children and combatting forced marriage.

Although her parents eventually sent her to live with her first cousin in Pakistan, the USCIS approved her petition in 2004. Applicants are required to provide evidence which proves a "family relationship".

When reached for comment the State Department said, "Communications with the media will be limited to events and issues involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, or those determined to be essential to national security".

While the exact number of approvals is unknown, the latest report shows that there were 8,686 applications filed involving minors, and almost 5,000 of the requests eventually resulted in a green card being issued.

However, according to the AP, every USA state allows exceptions where a person can be married under the age of 18, and some, like NY and Maryland, even allow marriage under the age of 16 with approval by a court.

That "loophole" bears grave dangers for girls, the Senate paper warns, citing the non-profit Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation.

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"My passport ruined my life", Naila Amin, a dual U.S. -Pakistan citizen who grew up in New York City told the AP. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The girl was younger than her spouse or fiancé in 95% of the cases examined.

Some lawmakers and advocates for victims say the US immigration system may be unintentionally enabling forced marriages.

"So it indicates a problem", Sen.

Some lawmakers, including Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonUS has signed off on thousands of child bride requests The Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days GOP senator wants "essential employees" to get paid during shutdown MORE (R-Wis.), said the numbers indicate "a loophole that we need to close".

"The U.S. government is encouraging child marriage with the loopholes and the laws that allow children to petition for a foreign spouse or fiancé or be the beneficiary of a foreign spouse or fiancé visa", Reiss said.

According to data collected by PBS's Frontline program, some 200,000 minors were legally married in the United States between 2000 and 2015. Fraidy Reiss, the executive director, called the US government "complicit" in child marriage.

"This is a problem both domestically and in terms of immigration", she said.

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