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New Law Looks to Crack Down on ‘Green Card Weddings’

Early last month, Louisiana approved legislation designed to crack down on marriage fraud, the practice of marrying a U.S. citizen as a means to becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States. The law specified that, among other conditions, a birth certificate, valid international ID or a passport would be needed to receive a […]

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Early last month, Louisiana approved legislation designed to crack down on marriage fraud, the practice of marrying a U.S. citizen as a means to becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States. The law specified that, among other conditions, a birth certificate, valid international ID or a passport would be needed to receive a marriage license.

While no such law exists in Texas, with Houston's more than one million foreign-born population, we consider how much of an issue marriage fraud is here. We find out and welcome your questions for an area immigration attorney and an agent with Houston's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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