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2006-01-05  Bush signs IMBRA
On January 05, 2006, President Bush signed into law the "International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA)", Public Law No. 109-162, Title VIII, Subtitle D, January 05, 2006 [codified at 8 USC #1375a(d)(2) and (e)(4)]. This law was attached to the Violence Against Women (VAWA) and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 up for renewal (passed by House and Senate). No public hearings were conducted, or any witnesses questioned. There was no statistical evidence submitted regarding International marriages, subsequent divorces or incidences of domestic violence. In fact, all informal studies suggest that inter-cultural couples enjoy a divorce rate percentage much smaller than the national domestic rate of 50%. More discussion will certainly result from this as individuals learn of this law's enactment.