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File #: 170583    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/25/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to enact legislation securing the citizenship of internationally adopted adult individuals.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17058300.pdf, 2. Signature17058300.pdf
Title
Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to enact legislation securing the citizenship of internationally adopted adult individuals.

Body
WHEREAS, The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 aimed to provide equal treatment under United States law for adopted and biological children by granting citizenship to internationally-born adoptees. However, when the act became law, it did not apply to internationally-born adoptees who were already over the age of 18; and

WHEREAS, As a result, an estimated tens of thousands of adult legal adoptees who were born before February 27, 1982 and raised in the United States are still undocumented and therefore potentially subject to deportation. These adoptees' parents did not complete necessary processes to provide their adopted children with citizenship, or in many cases, even a green card; and

WHEREAS, Several deportations of individuals who were legally adopted from foreign countries have already taken place, breaking up families and returning the deported individuals to places where they were born but have no other connections; and

WHERAS, Adoptees who do not have citizenship have come from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. There are an estimated 18,000 Korean American adoptees alone who do not have American citizenship despite having been legally adopted; and

WHEREAS, Two bills which would grant citizenship to adult adoptees were introduced with bipartisan support in the 114th Congress: the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015 (S.2275), and the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2016 (H.R.5454). Neither bill was referred out of committee for a Congressional vote; and

WHEREAS, Both bills sought to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to grant automatic citizenship to all qualifying children adopted by a U.S. citizen parent, regardl...

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