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Last month, a report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs revealed how a loophole in our immigration system had been exploited thousands of times to facilitate child marriage.
Yesterday, Senators Ernst, Johnson and Cotton introduced legislation to restrict the use of spousal and fiancé immigration benefits to those over age 18.
This should receive overwhelming bipartisan support. The children involved in these child marriages are almost always female and are often marrying men decades older. Child marriages are overwhelmingly forced marriages, and cause girls lasting harm.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense