8,686 requests by men to bring child brides into the US were approved in 2007-2017
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By COLLEEN LONG
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

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The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person’s spouse or fiancee.

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Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

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There are no nationwide statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have parental consent, and several states — including New York, Virginia and Maryland — allow children under 16 to marry with court permission.

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Reiss, who says she was forced into an abusive marriage by her Orthodox Jewish family when she was 19, said that often cases of child marriage via parental consent involve coercion, with a girl* forced to marry against her will.

“They are subjected to a lifetime of domestic servitude and r@pe,” she said. “And the government is not only complicit; they’re stamping this and saying: Go ahead.”




Long article at: https://www.apnews.com/19e43295c76d4d249aa51c9f643eb377
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