Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the US were approved over the past decade, according to government data. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the US, and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions. Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a US passport combined with lax marriage laws are partly fuelling the petitions. There are no nationwide statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet every state allows exceptions.
Source: Irish Examiner January 11, 2019 11:03 UTC