MC shares her narrative, giving insight of what it means to to be raised by missionary parents, traveling for family trips, and ways obscuring the means for citizenship undermines the needs of her family.
MC, Massachussets. Leader for Day of Action delegation in Washington, D.C. on 4/19/2016.
I was fostered in 1987 by U.S. citizen Christian missionary parents working in Haiti and my adoption was completed later in 1990. We moved to the DR where I spent most of my childhood. My adoptive parents inquired about my citizenship in 1987, but were told they had to be living in the USA. I spent 4 months at a time on a visitor’s visa in the US for 2 years of high school. My parents never intended to live in the US and do not live in the US now. But neither did my siblings who were biological to my adoptive parents and yet they received citizenship.
None of my siblings have background checks, body checks, and other limitations when they travel. I have missed Christmases with my family due to my status and due to visa problems. Without citizenship, I have limitations to being able to work and provide for my family.
The Child Citizenship Act of 2001 did not cover me due to my age. My father sponsored my green card in 2000, but it was placed on hold. I attended 5 years of college in the US on a student visa. I now live in the US with my spouse and child. Once again, I am going through the green card application process through my father to complete what should have been done over 30 years ago.
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Updated on 2017-05-29T07:32:30+00:00, by .