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Republicans Seek to Close Immigration Loophole Enabling Child Marriage
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Mar 15, 2019 4:47 PM 1+ week ago

Republican senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would close a loophole in U.S. immigration laws that can easily be exploited to enable child marriages.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), joined with Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Tom Cotton of Arkansas to introduce the bill that would ban spousal and fiance immigration benefits if one of the parties applying for the benefits is under the age of 18.

"A visa to enter the United States is a privilege, and this straightforward reform will help close a loophole that can lead to the abuse and exploitation of children," Johnson said in a press release statement. "I hope my colleagues will join me to advance this commonsense legislation."

In January, HSGAC released a majority staff report that focused on the problem of how U.S. immigration law encourages child marriages.

Key findings of the report included that, between 2007-2017, U.S. Citizenship ...

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