Korean Adoptee Facing Deportation
Hyphen Magazine: Submitted by New America Media on January 21, 2011
Here is another case of an adoptee whose parents never naturalized her and who now faces deportation based on a felony conviction. As many of you are familiar, immigration law dictates that anyone convicted of a felony who is not a citizen can face deportation hearings. For adoptees, this is an all too familiar story. Prior to 2001, transnational adoptees had to be naturalized by their adoptive parents. If their adoptive parents did not, many were forced to retain a green card, some, never had the opportunity to apply for citizenship as adults, and some didn’t even know about their status until they were adults.
This raises two interesting discussions. First, it highlights how transnational adoptees are immigrants. For instance, where does this politically situate the adoptee within current discussions on immigration? Second, it makes you wonder what one would do if they were deported to their birth country of which they knew nothing about, and could not speak the language. This is precisely what this adoptee is now faced with.
Even the Korean government acknowledges this striking human condition and ask for amnesty allowing for her to stay in the U.S. since she does not speak Korean, nor does she have any connections her birth country. For more discussion regarding this issue, I invite you to check out another blog which chronicles these such stories.