The United States Government has approved more than 5,000 applications for immigration of visas or green cards from foreign adults requesting that spouses of children or boys and girls from Under 18 are introduced in the country from 2007 to 2017, according to the results of a Senate committee. investigation.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service, which reviews these types of applications for admission prior to their final approval by the State Department, has granted exactly 5556 approvals to adults over a 10-year period, indicated the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Friday.
An additional 2,926 applications in which the minor applied to be admitted with his adult spouse were also approved. About 200 miners filed petitions in which they sought to come to the United States with a minor spouse.
The majority of cases were older men seeking to emigrate with underage girls. Among the most extreme examples are a 71-year-old man who married a 17-year-old woman in Guatemala and a 48-year-old man who married a 14-year-old boy in Jamaica.
In 149 cases, the adult spouse was over 40 years old. In 28 cases, the adult was over 50 years old.
The new finding does not indicate that the Department of Homeland Security has violated the laws.
The USCIS said Friday evening in an email to the Washington examiner that he had followed the law on immigration and nationality making recommendations on each case. The Immigration Act does not set a minimum age for the spouse or fiancee of a person seeking entry to the United States.
"As we explained to legislators, although there is no legal age or legal provision to apply for a spouse, the USCIS does not approve fiance visa applications when the beneficiary or Applicant's age violates the laws of the US state in which the couple does not intend to reside, and the agency does not approve marriage applications if the recipient or age of the applicant violates the laws of the country in which they married, "said USCIS spokesman Michael Bars.
Bars said the agency requires verification of the date of birth of the couple when an application is filed and implemented a system that automatically records requests from people involving a minor. The application is then forwarded to a special USCIS office for review.
However, they stated that any change in the standard according to which themselves and the state department consider the candidates is the responsibility of Congress.
"Ultimately, it is up to Congress to bring more certainty and legal clarity to this process for both petitioners and USCIS officials," said Bars.
The CIS officials looked at these types of claims and whether the marriage would be legal in the state in which the couple intended to live.
States have varying marriage ages. Some, including Maryland, New York and Virginia, allow children under 16 to marry with court authorization.
The approximately 8,000 applications approved were part of the $ 3.5 million received during this decade. Only 2.6% of applications are rejected by the state department.
However, the committee's chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Told the Associated Press that "indicated a problem … a loophole that we must bridge."
The challenge will be to create a federal law or policy that does not derogate from state laws.
Mexican nationals obtained the largest number of visas or green cards for "married children", followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.