comscore U.S. puts out new rules for handling child bride petitions | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

U.S. puts out new rules for handling child bride petitions

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Homeland Security Department headquarters, seen in June 2015, in northwest Washington. The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing petitions to bring in minor spouses to the United States.

WASHINGTON >> The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States.

That word comes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that considers whether to approve such requests.

The Associated Press reported last month that thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides had won approval over the past decade. Those approvals are legal, and will remain so unless the Immigration and Nationality Act is changed.

The new guidance will give special attention to marriages involving a minor, and stress that the minor spouse must have freely consented.

The agency also will consider whether the ages at the time of marriage violated state laws or the laws in the country where the marriage took place.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (3)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up