Explore Andrea’s narrative as an adoptee without citizenship residing in the Southwest. *On Thursday October 13th, thanks to Arizona U.S. Senator McCain’s support, Andrea was able to be recognized as a U.S. Citizen. Her date of citizenship is backdated to match the date of the court issued adoption records 30 years ago. Please read her press release HERE. A victory of the Adoptee Rights Campaign, Andrea remains committed to fighting for citizenship for all adoptees.
*Andrea, Arizona. A Leader for Day of Action delegation in Washington, D.C. on 06/14/2016 also serves as web admin for the Adoptee Rights Campaign, collaborates on grassroots and investigative research strategies.
My life did not begin with the unknown day I was born; my life began when I was found in 1984 by local police in South Korea. I was issued a case number and assigned a name and date of birth by strangers. I legally entered the U.S. as a special needs child to be adopted “as is,” which still hurts if dwelled on. Many people believe all children of U.S. citizen parents are citizens. This is not true for those adopted from other countries and born before February 28, 1983.
In my case despite being born in 1981, there were no significant problems until I turned 27 and moved to the Southwest. There was difficulty securing a new job because of modern employer verifications complications due to my lack of citizenship. Additionally, when simply renewing the same license a few years later, the State refused to renew it multiple times because they weren’t trained how to vet my unchanged paperwork. If my status hadn’t changed and had been accepted previously, why was it no longer enough? These are just a few of my stress-riddled problems. Something beyond my control could happen and put me at risk for deportation. Fear paralyzes me, threatening to undermine my future because of a loophole in the law.
Because of joint efforts to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act and the need to have the issue spotlighted, I want to incite an era of empowerment in hopes that all who have been adopted by U.S. citizens are legislatively recognized and treated as American citizens. Thankfully, my request to my Senator to inquire about my self-petitioned case where I claimed citizenship through my US citizen parents has resulted in favorable news. The years of fear can begin to subside and be replaced by the comfort of belonging. I am eager to wildly celebrate when Congress acknowledges all adoptees deserve definitive rights as American citizens by passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
Images below captures the complex nature, samples of the types of documents involved when making claims of citizenship as someone who was adopted by American citizens.
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*Name changed to protect privacy.
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Andrea’s Story, Arizona
Updated on 2017-09-28T12:45:13+00:00, by .