Call Congress: Pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act Now!
We’re in the home stretch toward winning a major victory for international adoptees. In 2000, Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act, fixing a loophole in international adoption law that required families to apply for naturalization for their adopted kids. Many young people received citizenship, but many also fell through the cracks--the law only applied to those under the age of 18 at the time.
Congress is poised to right this grievous wrong, which has led to severe consequences for adoptees who still don’t have citizenship, including deportation to their countries of origin. Adult adoptees who have been deported face having to learn a new language from scratch and leaving their friends and families behind in the U.S.
Senators Amy Klobuchar, Dan Coats, and Jeff Merkley recently introduced S2275, the Adoptee Citizenship Act. This simple, bipartisan legislation will close the loophole and grant citizenship to the adult adoptees who have been neglected for so long. We need your help--call your Senators now to ask them to support S2275 and give tens of thousands of stateless adoptees the opportunities they were promised as children.
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