Petition in Support of the Adoptee Citizenship Act

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, urge the United States Congress to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act (ACA) of 2015, which is a bipartisan bill that provides citizenship to individuals who were legally adopted to the United States as a child but never obtained U.S. citizenship.

Since the 1940’s, an estimated 350,000 children have been internationally adopted by U.S. citizen parents. While children born to U.S. citizen parents are automatically citizens, their adopted children were not afforded this same right. As a result, thousands of adoptees do not have U.S. citizenship, barring them from government services, financial aid, home loans, and voting privileges, while also placing them at risk for deportation. The ACA will remedy this discriminatory situation as all children of American parents should be treated equally.

In October 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act (CCA), through which foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizen parents automatically acquire U.S. citizenship. Prior to the passage of the CCA, intercountry adoptees and their parents were required to go through a lengthy and costly naturalization process. Although the intent of the CCA was to ensure that all intercountry adopted children of U.S. citizen parents receive automatic U.S. citizenship, it failed to accomplish this goal as it left out the thousands of adoptees born before 1983.

The Adoptee Citizenship Act simply supports the original intent of the CCA by ensuring that all intercountry adoptees that were adopted by U.S. citizen parents have U.S. citizenship. We ask Congress to close the loophole left by the CCA immediately by passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act.

 

Sincerely,

  • The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC)
  • Adoptee Solidarity Korea – Los Angeles (ASK-LA)
  • Adoption Links DC (ALDC)
  • Adoption Support Services
  • Advancing Justice (Atlanta, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, San Fransisco)
  • Also Known As (AKA)
  • Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW)
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Bastard Nation
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Boston Korean Adoptees (BKA)
  • Chinese Adoptee Links (CAL)
  • Chinese for Families
  • Concerned Citizens
  • Council of Korean Americans (CKA)
  • Dina
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Friends of Korea
  • GA Korean Grocers Association
  • Harriet Tubman Center for Justice & Peace, Inc.
  • Haydon Street Inn
  • Holt International Children’s Services (HICS)
  • Inter-Community Action Network
  • Iowans for International Adoption
  • Joynus Care
  • Kokua Council of Senior Citizens of Hawaii
  • Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH)
  • Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)
  • Korean American Association of Chicago
  • Korean American Association of Spokane Area
  • Korean American Coalition of Oregon
  • Korean American Coalition (National)
  • Korean American Community Services
  • Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA)
  • Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC)
  • Korean American Student Association, UIC (KASA)
  • Korean-American Women’s Association of Atlanta
  • Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)
  • Korean American Women’s Society
  • Korean Cultural Center of Iowa
  • Korean Quarterly
  • Korean Resource Center (KRC)
  • Korean Society of Oregon
  • Korean War Veteran
  • Lost Sarees
  • Magna Citizen Studio
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action
  • Mixed Roots Foundation
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
  • National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP)
  • National Council For Adoption
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
  • National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
  • National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
  • New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
  • The Next Chapter
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
  • OneAmerica
  • Oohjacquelina
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pearl S. Buck International
  • Praise Clothing LA
  • Presentation Sisters Associate
  • Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College
  • Siri Southwick-Young
  • Sister Diaspora for Liberation
  • Snail Magic
  • The Donaldson Adoption Institute
  • TRACK
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • You Gotta Believe
  • Washington Immigration Defense Group
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Updated on 2016-12-12T14:09:04+00:00, by Brian Belcore.