According to a new Senate report, the loopholes that exist in the immigration laws, which President Trump’s administration is trying to change, gave tacit approval to over 8,000 child marriages. The victims were mostly girls brought into the country, some as young as 14-years-old.
The Friday report showed that most of the approvals were perpetrated under the Obama regime.
“In one case, a 71-year-old won a visa for a 17-year-old from Guatemala, according to the bipartisan report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee chaired by Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.”
After the year-long investigation (thanks to the GOP), the report found that the immigration law loopholes basically promote child marriage and trafficking in the United States. This is during a time when the State Department is trying to fight the overseas practice.
Many lawmakers are trying to put an end to such despicable practices, but have been hindered in their attempt to change immigration loopholes by democrats.
“U.S. law and U.S. Department of State policy aim to prevent and reduce the risks of child marriages occurring around the world, yet major loopholes in U.S. law have allowed thousands of minors to be subjected to child marriages,” the committee’s report said.
“Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, a U.S. child may petition for a visa for a spouse or fiancé living in another country, and a U.S. adult may petition for a visa for a minor spouse or fiancé living abroad,” it stated.
In total, the committee estimated that over the past 11 years, mostly under the Obama era, 8,686 visas for child “spouses or fiancés” were approved.
“In 95 percent of the cases, the younger person was a girl,” said the report. Many were from Latin America.
And overall, more than 3 million of the spousal and fiancé visas were approved.
In a possible attempt to blame the current administration for something that was conducted under her mother’s rule, Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “Horrifying: ‘US approved thousands of child bride requests.’ Yet, not surprising that our immigration system is complicit in supporting #childmarriage.”
“Some of those seeking visas were older citizens, others were to very young citizens seeking to bring their spouses into the U.S., including those who were forced into marriage overseas and encouraged to bring their spouses to America.”
The report stated, “USCIS awarded petitions to people with significant age differences, including a 71-year-old U.S. citizen’s petition for a 17-year-old spouse from Guatemala and a 14-year-old’s petition for a 48-year-old spouse from Jamaica. USCIS approved 149 petitions involving a minor with an adult spouse or fiancé who was more than 40 years old.”
In one case, the committee spoke with a U.S. citizen forced to marry her first cousin during a family vacation to Pakistan. “USCIS approved her petition for a spousal immigration benefit for her cousin when she was 13-years-old after she returned to the United States. She is just one of the thousands of U.S. women and girls forced into a child marriage involving the U.S. immigration system,” said the report, titled, “How the U.S. Immigration System Encourages Child Marriages.”
“Getting a visa for a spouse or fiance requires an approval from State and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The government does not require parental consent even if the petition for a visa is made by a minor.”
The actions seems quite ridiculous.
According to the report, “Over the last eleven years (FY2007 to FY2017), USCIS approved 3,595,447 petitions for spousal or fiancé entry into the United States. Of those, 8,686 involved a minor. Two minors whose petitions were approved were 13 years old (and later rejected), 38 were 14 years old, 269 were 15 years old, 1,768 were 16 years old, and the remaining 6,609 were 17 years old.”
There is no doubt in the minds of many people that U.S. immigration laws must be altered to prevent both child marriage and amnesty for illegal criminals.