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Adam Crapser to be Unjustly deported

Adam Crapser, a Korean American adoptee who was placed in deportation proceedings at the beginning of 2015, was placed in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on February 8, 2016.

Adam was adopted from a Korean orphanage by U.S. citizen parents at age three, relinquished by these parents to the state of Oregon at age nine and then adopted again by a second set of U.S. citizen parents one year later.  Both his adoptive parents and the state of Oregon failed in to fulfill their responsibility to naturalize Adam. Because of their failure Adam, now 40, is being held in a detention center and faces the possibility of being deported to a country that is no longer his home – he does not speak the language, remember the country, or understand the culture.

The adoption agencies and the federal and state governments failed to place Adam in a safe and loving environment. Adam is a survivor of extreme and sustained childhood violence. Both sets of his adoptive parents physically and emotionally abused Adam. The second adoptive parents, Thomas and Dolly Crapser, consistently choked, beat and burned Adam; the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of Adam and his foster siblings was so severe the Crapsers served jail time for 11 counts of child abuse. Despite this traumatic childhood, Adam never had access to mental health services until the fall of 2015. Diagnosed with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which involves years of steady treatment to recover, treatment is being withheld from Adam while he is in detention.

Despite the odds, Adam obtained his GED and became a professional barber and loving father. He was a stay at home dad for his three daughters who depend on him; the immigration system has failed Adam and separated him from his family. Adam is an American and deserves a second chance to have a healthy life.

The country that promised Adam a family and better life is punishing him for its own failing systems. America has failed Adam and should give him the second chance he deserves. We are calling for his immediate release from detention and a cancellation of the deportation order against him.

To support Adam and the estimated 18,000 Korean American adoptees that do not have U.S. Citizenship, NAKASEC (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium) launched an Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC).

To Take Action and Stand with Adam, please scroll down to see the listed options for “What You Can Do to Stand With Adam.”

What You Can Do to Stand With Adam

Sign Current Petition(s) of Support

We, the undersigned, demand that Adam Crapser is immediately removed from detention and from deportation proceedings. Adam and all international adoptees adopted by U.S. citizens should be granted U.S. citizenship immediately. Denial of U.S. citizenship and deportation of international adoptees is a violation of their civil and human rights. This petition will be delivered to Adam’s immigration judge and other related decision makers.

Sign Whitehouse.Gov Petition(s) of Support

Halt Deportations of Residents Eligible for Citizenship under Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015. “On October 27, 2016, several news outlets drew attention to the plight of Adam Crapser, a 41-year-old father of 4 who was adopted from South Korea by American citizens at the age of three. Since his adoptive parents never completed his citizenship paperwork, he has no legal immigration status and is now facing deportation. We call on the federal government to halt deportations of U.S. residents eligible for citizenship under the proposed Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015, until the act is passed by Congress. Under this act, people brought to the U.S. as adopted children, whose parents never completed their citizenship paperwork, will be granted automatic citizenship. This action is necessary to fulfill the federal government’s responsibility to children adopted by U.S. citizens.”

Sign Whitehouse.Gov Petition(s) of Support

Grant Adam Crapser US Citizenship. “Adam Crapser was adopted when he was 3 years old from South Korea to Thomas Crapser and Dolly Crasper. In 1991 the couples were arrested on charges of Physical Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse and rape and eventually was placed in the Foster Care System. Later Adam ran in with the law because he broke in to his parent’s , who abused him, house to retrieve the Korean Bible and rubber shoe that came with him from the orphanage and later to bigger crimes. On his application to renew his green card, these crimes made him deportable. However on 2/27/01, US passed a law , Child Citizenship Act of 2000. This grants any foreign adopted child be granted US Citizenship automatically. This petition is to request that this law take children who were adopted previous to 2/27/01 to automatic US Citizenship.”

Sign and Share an ePostcard

The goal of the Family is More than DNA Postcard campaign is to educate and organize support for passage of the Adoptee Citizenship Act, a bipartisan bill in both chambers of Congress which will grant U.S. citizenship to all internationally and intercountry adoptees regardless of when they were born. This act will grant citizenship rights to an estimated 35,000 adoptees that are currently without U.S. citizenship status.

Write a personal letter of support

Write a letter urging for Adam’s immediate release from deportation. Please send letters to adopteedefense@gmail.com. These letters will be delivered by Adam’s attorney.  If you personally know Adam, please indicate that on your letter. Talking points for your letter can be found HERE.

Send a Letter of Support (for Organizations)

We, the undersigned, demand that Adam Crapser is immediately removed from detention and from deportation proceedings.” Adam and all international adoptees adopted by U.S. citizens should be granted U.S. citizenship immediately. Denial of U.S. citizenship and deportation of international adoptees is a violation of their civil and human rights. This petition will be delivered to Adam’s immigration judge and other related decision makers.

If you are a member of an organization, ask your organization to write a letter to the immigration judge at Tacoma Detention Center urging Adam’s immediate release. Please send letters to adopteedefense@gmail.com.  Talking points for your letter can be found HERE.

Sample organizational support letter can be found HERE.

Donate to the Adoptee Defense Fund

Donate to the Adoptee Defense Fund to cover the legal and counseling fees for  adoptees in similarly situations such as Adam Crapser.

If you cannot attend a physical fundraiser event, please help support additional adoptees in need by making a tax-deductible contribution today. Adam, his family, and Adoptee Rights Campaign thank you for your generous support!

  1. Online payment (CC and Paypal) and donations are accepted on Adam’s behalf by NAKASEC when indicating “Adoptee Defense Fund.” with the contribution.
  2. Adam prefers donations be made for Advancing the Adoptee Citizenship Act and other adoptees in similar situations. Insert “Adoptee Citizenship Rights” as the memo. Donate today https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1394190!
  3.  Send us a check directly by mailing it to:
    NAKASEC c/of KRCC
    6212 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60659

    ** Make checks payable to “NAKASEC.” Write “Adoptee Defense Fund” on the memo line.**

Stand with Adam – Adopted by U.S. Citizens at Age Three, Now Facing Deportation

Updated on 2016-11-02T13:10:31+00:00, by Yongho Kim.