Story Collection


Emily is a Christian, and retired from working at Aerospace. divulging how she learned she is not considered an American.

Emily, retired and discovered her lack of citizenshipEmily, California. A Christian, retired Aerospace employee, and daughter of a World War II veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces found out she was without citizenship and stateless when the United States’ attempted to deport her for filing for U.S. retirement benefits reserved for citizens.

I have been told that I was left on the steps of an orphanage in South Korea as a child. I was then adopted in 1964 by U.S. citizen parents. My adoptive father was a U.S. veteran who served in in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Seabees. He worked two jobs to support our family while my mother, who had polio, took care of all of us children. My parents raised us as Americans believing that we were U.S. citizens. My mother was told by the American Embassy in Seoul that we all became U.S. citizens at the time of our adoption.

My parents taught me the importance of a strong work ethic. I worked for many years at Aerospace, paid my taxes, and am now retired. I cannot obtain my full retirement benefits because I do not have U.S. citizenship. I am disabled and unable to work. Not having my full benefits is very stressful for me as I am barely able to make ends meet.

I did not find out that I was not a citizen until the government tried to deport me in the 1980s, which was a very traumatic experience. I was shocked and wondered how an American could deported to a country s/he does even know? Both of my parents have now passed away. There is nothing documenting that I was a citizen. Any paperwork they had was lost.

As a Christian, I pray every day for a solution to help all intercountry adoptees who find themselves in the state of limbo as I have, without citizenship. Before her death, my mother tried to share our story, and now it is my turn to share it for not only me, but the thousands who are also waiting for this injustice to be corrected. Please support the Adoptee Citizenship Act now!

Emily and other retired adoptees need your help to claim U.S. citizenship.

  1. Share #CitizenshipForAllAdoptees and sign the 2017 Petition
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  3. Share your story as an adoptee without citizenship (or spouse/parent/child of an adoptee lacking citizenship) who served as part of the US Armed Forces. Email or submit online
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Are you or your family members retired and astounded for Emily? Send legislators a personal message on an our petition today!

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Updated on 2017-05-29T06:57:05+00:00, by Adoptee Rights Campaign.