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U.S. Approved Thousands of Petitions to Bring In Child Brides

Should there be a minimum age requirement for spouse visas? Why or why not?

by Axios | Updated on 1.11.19

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved more than 8,000 visa requests involving minors married to or engaged to significantly older spouses in the past decade, according to data obtained by the AP.

Why it matters: There is no minimum age requirement to qualify for the fiancé or spouse visa. Marriages between minors and adults are not uncommon in the U.S. or elsewhere, but the data raises the question of whether immigration laws could exacerbate the issue of forced marriage.

  • It is unknown how many of the petitions were ultimately granted by the State Department, but only 2.6% of spousal or fiancé claims are rejected.
  • The majority of the minors involved in the petitions were 17 years old, and most of the petitioning adults were 20 years old. But in one case, a 49-year-old man petitioned for a 15-year-old girl and in another a 71-year-old petitioned for a 17 year-old, according to AP.

The bottom line: “People die to come to America,” said Naila Amin, a dual citizen from Pakistan who was forcibly married at 13 years old and applied for her husband's visa. “I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.”

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  • BlueSphere
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Quote: “In the past 15 years, more than 207,000 minors were legally married in the U.S., many below their state’s legal age of sexual consent, according to a 2017 PBS documentary. With judicial and/or parental consent, children as young as 10, 11 and 12, mostly girls, have been married in the U.S. in the last few decades. In most states, if a pregnancy is involved, marriage between minors or a minor and adult can occur with a judge’s approval; no minimum age requirement exists when pregnancy is involved.” - Watchdog Quote: “Unchained, a nonprofit advocacy organization lobbying to end child marriage in America, states that, “nearly a quarter-million children as young as 12 were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010 – mostly girls wed to adult men.” - Watchdog Yes, I agree there should be a minimum age requirement. However, demanding age requirements of immigrants is really hypocritical when we allow child marriage to continue right here in the U.S.A

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  • Jim2423
    01/11/2019
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    We have age limit laws within each state and federal which grants freedoms to enter contracts. Marriage is a contract. They have to obey the law minimum federal law and especially the state they are in. If it pertains to citizens then it also pertain to immigrants.

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  • ConflyktedPolitics
    Voted Maybe
    01/11/2019
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    There should. But you should make it on a state to state basis. The gut response, of course, is "yes" for most of us in this country. But we need to remember that we are talking about visas. International documents. Not all cultures follow our code.

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  • Janeen
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    it's sad that there even needs to be a law written against this.

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  • George
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    If someone is going to come to the USA on a visa they MUST follow the laws of the USA or be denied entry. We need to stop catering to the laws of the country immigrants are coming from and demand they follow our laws. The USA must not allow visas for immigrants married to child brides!

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  • John
    Voted Maybe
    01/11/2019
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    If it’s 18-20 year olds that’s one thing. But young children should not be admitted for marriage. (Although, several States allow 13-17 year olds to marry.) A case by case basis seems best.

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  • TheCmike
    01/11/2019
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    Knowing that most states in the US allow under age marriages and young sex age limits, i ethically don’t see a problem with this. Instead it reveals other problems we haven’t solved since jurassic era.

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  • Don
    Voted No
    01/13/2019
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    Not all countries have the same age based laws that the US does. As this an international issue it should be considered on a case by case basis.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE?!?! It shouldn’t be legal for minors to marry AT ALL FOR ANY REASON! It sure as hell shouldn’t be legal to go overseas and get child brides! It absofuckingloutly shouldn’t be legal to bring child brides back to the USA!!! WHO ARE THESE SICK FUCKS?!?!

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  • Arleen
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    This is wrong on so many levels! It amounts to legal human trafficking and must be stopped! I’m fed up with men in positions of power- it NEVER ends well for the women!

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    01/13/2019
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    YES! A couple of years ago, in PA, parents ‘gifted’ their 14 yr old daughter to Kaplan, (a man who was 47 yrs old at the time). In return, the parents had their debts paid off by Kaplan. By the time the girl was 18 yrs old, she had two babies by Kaplan. If the U.S. is going to set age limits on mail-order brides, age limits should apply countrywide. In a ‘normal’ world, a man who is 47 yrs old, who has sexual relations with a 14 yr old GIRL, or keeps a 14 yr old girl as his personal sex slave, he is a pedophile!

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  • Ken
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Child bride for who? This sounds down right creepy. Putting a big beautiful steel wall up at our southern border making sure there's a small walkin door for all those future wives. That sure paints a disqusting picture.

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  • OliverDaRion
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We as a country should not let people bring in child brides. It promotes under age rape and torture for these young girls.

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  • Lynnie
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We cry out about "trafficking" and paint that all as some shadowy "boogy-man"~ all the while our average ordinary rich old creep-o is buying a child bride and having her shipped in all "legit".

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  • Aileen
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Only Pedophiles want to marry children! We need to get rid of all the pedophiles running this country!!!!!

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  • James
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    This has to stop. Immediately. The legal age of consent should be at least 18 but should probably be more like 20. Talk about immigration issues that are more important than a wall. Geeze!

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  • Monica
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    This is disgusting openly perverted with children is disgusting and should in no way be passed

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  • RAN
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We don’t allow that here from our citizens because it’s wrong, we shouldn’t let visa entry be an exception. Even people here for extended stays should assimilate.

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    No one under the age of 18 should be allowed a spouse visa no matter what twisted thinking is involved. IDs can be faked so extra care should be given to insure the girl/guy is 18 or older

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    If they can't legally marry here due to age and consent laws then the "marriage" is invalid, and the "spouse" should be prosecuted for pedophilia/rape to the fullest extent of the law. Not all "culture" is equal, and consent is a human right, not subject to "cultural sensitivity".

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  • Barbara
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Little girls are being victimized by old man. I don't care about a traditional pedophilia or slavery. This is not freedom of religion. It's child rape. The ME TOO MOVMENT NEEDS TO GET ACTIVE ON THIS.

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  • nyyblb
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    There should MOST DEFINITELY be a MINIMUM AGE for SPOUSAL VISAS and it should be the AGE OF LEGAL CONSENT IN THE USA (aka 18 years of age)!!!!

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  • Deirdre
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We are no longer living in the dark ages.

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  • Leslie
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    BECAUSE PERVERTS ARE JUST THAT! AND SCREWING AROUND WITH CHILDREN IS AGAINST THE LAW

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