New law cracks down on marriage fraud
Posted on 1/8/2016 3:53:00 AM.
A new law is in effect in Louisiana that cracks down on marriage fraud, especially in cases where illegal immigrants attempt to fraudulently gain US citizenship.  Denham Springs State Representative Valarie Hodges, who sponsored the measure, says state marriage licenses haven't been updated for about 40 years.

She says these changes protect the institution of marriage.
"It protects the reliability and the accuracy of information and it assures that the marriage process is not subject to fraud."

The changes will bar anyone from receiving a marriage license without a birth certificate, valid international ID, or passport and require the couple to attest, under oath, that they did not lie on their paperwork.  Hodges says these new requirements not only protects the reliability of information, it also tackles a bigger issue.

"It does deal with marriage fraud being a very common way for foreign nationals to gain permanent residency in the United States."

Hodges says this legislation really tightens marriage laws in Louisiana ensuring immigrants are here legally before getting married.

"We don't want terrorists obtaining green cards and citizenship through marriage and I believe my constituents would agree with me."
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