As Congress works to resolve the important issues around DACA, please do not forget another group of foreign-born children who were brought into United States legally, and adopted by U.S citizens, yet do not have U.S. citizenship. There are the internationally adopted persons who fell into a loophole that was created when Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. (Read Adopted Persons Deserve Equal Protection.)
ALL ADOPTED PERSONS DESERVE EQUAL PROTECTION
UNDER U.S. LAW
"100 years ago, children who were adopted were not automatically able to inherit from their adoptive parents in the same way biological children were. Today, we cannot imagine how adopted children could have fewer rights than other children born into a family. Surprisingly, a far more tragic legal discrepancy exists today: Two children adopted from the same country to the same family could have totally different rights, depending on whether a child entered the country in one year over another, or with a document containing a “4” instead of a “3;” one child could enter the U.S. as an automatic citizen, and the other child could remain vulnerable to deportation. The most vulnerable among us, the children, deserve equal protection under the law."