Adam Crapser has been in the news since last year when he was sent to an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington. The 41-year-old husband and father of two was adopted from Korea at the age of 3. And then he was relinquished, living in the foster system until adoption by the Crapser family. A family who was abusive and failed to apply for U.S. citizenship or a green card for Adam.
This has left Adam and thousands like him in limbo – with no country to claim him. Because of crimes from his childhood, Adam is threatened with deportation to Korea, a country with which he is completely unfamiliar.
Adam’s story, and others like his, have spurred many to fight for The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015. We must band together and move things along so Adam, and others in his situation, will continue to be able to call America “home” and move forward with their lives. When the act passes then those who have been deported will be able to come home. Many have been sent to their countries of birth – places that are completely foreign to them. They don’t speak the language or know the culture. Many are living on the streets and have lost hope of the lives they expected to have as American citizens through adoption.
To join with other voices in bringing fairness to adult adoptees, tap into Maya Brown-Zimmerman’s article, The Adoptee Citizenship Act: How You Can Help. Read to the bottom of the article to find letters you can copy and paste and send to the appropriate officials to make your voice heard.
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