War Brides Act (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: Immigration regulations are waived to allow foreign-born spouses and children of U.S. military personnel to settle in the United States.
Summary of Event
Between 1939 and 1946, more than sixteen million U.S. servicemen, primarily single and between eighteen and thirty years of age, were deployed to war theaters in foreign lands. Although the U.S. government discouraged servicemen from marrying at all—believing the single soldier, without distractions, would be of more value to the war effort—one million marriages to foreign nationals occurred during and shortly after the war. Aware of the potential for these romantic liaisons, the United States War Department had issued a regulation requiring personnel on duty in any foreign country or possession of the United States to notify their commanding officer of any intention to marry at least two months in advance. Enacted in June, 1942, the regulation demanded strict adherence and the waiting period was waived rarely, with the possible exception for the pregnancy of the bride-to-be. Usually, permission to marry was granted; however, certain couples, for example U.S.-German, U.S.-Japanese, and those of different races, either encountered longer waiting periods or were denied permission completely.
Many of those couples who had been granted permission and had married were separated for two to three years. In October, 1945, the Married Women’s...
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