U.S. immigration services approved visa requests for thousands of child brides and fiancees from 2007 to 2017

Source: Requests to bring in child brides OK’d; legal under US laws

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. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

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. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee’s home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. The approval is the first of a two-step visa process, and USCIS said it has taken steps to better flag and vet the petitions.

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.

“My sunshine was snatched from my life,” said Naila Amin, a dual citizen born in Pakistan who grew up in New York City.

She was forcibly married at 13 in Pakistan and later applied for papers for her 26-year-old husband to come to the U.S. at the behest of her family. She was forced for a time to live in Pakistan with him, where, she said, she was sexually assaulted and beaten. She came back to the U.S., and he was to follow.

“People die to come to America,” she said. “I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.”

Amin, now 29, said she was betrothed when she was just 8 and he was 21. The petition she submitted after her marriage was approved by immigration officials, but he never came to the country, in part because she ran away from home. She said the ordeal cost her a childhood. She was in and out of foster care and group homes, and it took a while to get her life on track.

“I was a child. I want to know: Why weren’t any red flags raised? Whoever was processing this application, they don’t look at it? They don’t think?” Amin asked.

There is a two-step process for obtaining U.S. immigration visas and green cards. Petitions are first considered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. If granted, they must be approved by the State Department. Overall, there were 3.5 million petitions received from budget years 2007 through 2017.

Over that period, there were 5,556 approvals for those seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancees, and 2,926 approvals by minors seeking to bring in older spouses, according to the data. Additionally, there were 204 for minors by minors. Petitions can be filed by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

“It indicates a problem. It indicates a loophole that we need to close,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told the AP.

In nearly all the cases, the girls were the younger person in the relationship.

More via US Grants Over 5,000 Requests To Bring In Child Brides From Foreign Nationals

The highest percentage of requests came from Middle Eastern nationals, with the majority of requests coming from Mexico, followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.

U.S. immigration authorities approved 5,556 requests from older men to bring child or adolescent wives to the U.S., and approved 2,926 requests from young girls to bring their older husbands to the U.S. between the budget years of 2007 and 2017. The data also revealed 4,749 minor spouses or fiancees had received U.S. green cards in that time period.

Ah, the Obama years.

13 thoughts on “U.S. immigration services approved visa requests for thousands of child brides and fiancees from 2007 to 2017

  1. Like she said, these uncivilized Shariah savages will KILL to come here & spread their filth. We don’t want nor need them here. Keep them out!

    • You spelled the beloved prophet’s name wrong ! It’s MOO-HAM-HEAD ! ( may pis be upon him)and may the fleas of 10,000 diseased camels build a nest in his navel and infest his armpits and crotch !!!!!!! Pis on

      • Allah is Satan. MooHamHead was a Satan worshipper. Satan tried to make his religion look like real, saying Moo was the “final prophet” to complete Gods message. Ha!

  2. NO. This is NOT legal. The entire US Immigration Services must be disbanded and held accountable for their treasonous violations! All personnel must be indicted. How dare they open another loophole for muslim male to come to the US – especially pedophiles!

  3. In the video, even the victim is disengenous. With forced tears she complained that she didn’t have a bachelors or masters degree and “I could be so much more” in an attempt to manipulate Americans into paying for her college. The truth is she should pay her own way, like the rest of us did, like the rest of us are still paying for. Remember – whether the muslim is a victim or a perp, they both play the same game. Again, the main issue here is the LOOPHOLE that allows female US muslims go to muslim countries for t he sole purpose of bringing in unvetted, unqualified male muslim spouses by circumventing and undermining our US immigraiion laws.

  4. This is truly repellent. Our Immigration czars should be deeply ashamed of themselves. Immigrants are given so much special status they get to do all kinds of things even we citizens aren’t allowed to do!!! Like marrying children!!!

    • I’m really sympathetic to your plight. To get a visa, just buy a one-way ticket on an airplane—DON’T KILL THE PILOT, PLEASE!—back to Syria, and the nice man Mr. Assad will give you a nice, lovely, shiny visa, so you can stay in Syria for the rest of your life! You’re welcome!

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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