This Senate Report On Child Marriages Says The US Approved Thousands Of Them

Bustle - 01-11

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Data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has some senators worried that the United States is enabling forced child marriages despite policy efforts to prevent the practice abroad. A new report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has argued that loopholes in federal immigration laws may actually be encouraging child marriages in other countries by giving members of such unions access to U.S. visas. According to the report, USCIS approved thousands of spouse or fiancé visa petitions involving minors and adults from 2007 to 2017, including at least two petitions where the involved minor was as young as 13 years old.