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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Ryu Resolution for Adoptee Citizenship

Los Angeles — In its final meeting before summer recess today, City Council approved a Resolution introduced by Councilmember Ryu in support of the bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018, which would automatically grant citizenship to those adopted by U.S. citizens as children. The bills, known as H.R. 5233 and S. 2522, are currently pending in both the House and the Senate.

City Council Approves Ryu Resolution for Adoptee Citizenship

Los Angeles — In its final meeting before summer recess today, City Council approved a Resolution introduced by Councilmember Ryu in support of the bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018, which would automatically grant citizenship to those adopted by U.S. citizens as children. The bills, known as H.R. 5233 and S. 2522, are currently pending in both the House and the Senate.

“At this very moment, thousands of people legally adopted as children by U.S. Citizens are finding out that they have no status in this country,” Councilmember Ryu said. “These are people who have grown up in the United States, were raised by American citizens, and deserve nothing less than full citizenship.”

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018, introduced in the House by Democrat Adam Smith of Washington and in the Senate by Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, seeks to automatically grant citizenship to those adopted by U.S. citizens as children. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 guaranteed automatic citizenship to adoptees under the age of 18, but missed individuals who were adopted by U.S. citizens as children, but were over 18 at the time the law was passed. Roughly 35,000 international adoptees currently in the U.S. do not have citizenship. South Korea’s Health Ministry estimates that 18,603 of those are Korean-born.

City Council also approved today a resolution introduced by Councilmember Ryu in support of H.R. 2358, which, if passed, will award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Chinese American veterans of World War II.

The Ryu resolutions were approved amidst a flurry of other immigration-relation resolutions today. They include resolutions in support of federal legislation which would aid migrant families separated at the border by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a resolution requesting the City Attorney to file an amicus brief in support of Ms. L.; et al., v. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”); et al. which seeks a permanent injunction preventing ICE from continuing to separate parents from their children at the U.S. border. Councilmember Ryu voted in support of these resolutions.

“I came to this country when I was six years old,” Councilmember Ryu said. “And when I see these children imprisoned at the border or adoptees who only know this Country as their own treated like foreigners, I think ‘that easily could have been me.’”

“I am honored to be an American citizen, and it is a privilege I do not take lightly. But I am no better, or more qualified, or more deserving of American citizenship than these adoptees and children,” Councilmember Ryu said. “I am lucky.”

Read Councilmember Ryu’s Resolution on Adoptee Citizenship here.