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Land of a Gazillion Adoptees: “Citizenship for All US Intercountry Adoptees”: The petition we can all agree on

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, Home, News on 11 8th, 2011

Dear reader, please take just a few minutes to read, sign, and readily pass on this VERY important petition created by Korean Focus and two leaders of the adoptee community.  The whole process will take you no longer than some of your lengthy Facebook posts about what you ate last night.  Here’s the link.

This is a no brainer petition.  If you disagree with it, dear reader, you’re kind of a troll.  And I mean that in the nicest way possible ;)

So, again, please read, sign, and readily pass on this petition so that citizenship is given to all US intercountry adoptees.

Excerpts from the petition.

Joao Herbert was adopted from Brazil at the age of eight by a family in Ohio. A charge for attempting to sell marijuana, although a first offense, landed him in immigration detention, after which he was deported to Brazil in 2000. Joao Herbert was murdered in Brazil in May 2004.”

“Korean adoptee Matthew Scherer learned he lacked citizenship when he applied for a U.S. passport. He subsequently obtained permanent resident status, but upon traveling to Korea was identified by the Korean government by his original Korean name and now is blocked by Korean law from returning to the U.S. and threatened with conscription into the Korean army.”

“Jennifer Haynes was adopted at eight from India and sexually abused by her adoptive father, after which she passed through 50 foster homes on her way to adulthood.  Married to a U.S. citizen and mother of two young children, Haynes was nonetheless deported to India in 2008.”

“Adopted as a toddler from Thailand in 1979 by a family in Florida, John Gaul completed a sentence for theft and check fraud in 1996 after the new immigration law went into effect. A judge was prevented under the new law from acknowledging adoption as an extenuating circumstance, and he was deported toThailand in 1999.”

“Tatiana Mitrohina was born in Russia in 1978 with physical deformities that led to her adoption at fourteen to California. She suffered from childhood-related PTSD and postpartum depression. Following a charge of abuse of her son, the court recommended counseling and medication, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained her in preparation for deportation.”