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senate Bill S. 2522

Closing a Loophole Denying U.S. Citizenship to Some Adoptees Who Came Here as Children

Argument in favor

This bill would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act which left thousands of internationally-adopted children without U.S. citizenship, ensuring they have the ability to pursue the American dream without fear of deportation.

sherylcamp's Opinion
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03/30/2018
I do not understand why there are loopholes. This makes no sense and should have not existed in the first place. If we as a country aren’t going to allow people who are adopted full citizenship, we shouldn’t allow adoption from outside the US. We either accept the responsibility fully, or we stop the process from occurring ever.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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03/30/2018
How UNCHRISTIAN IS THIS LOOPHOLE. Why would we throw out people who have been adopted & been a part of a family & country their whole lives, THEY ARE AMERICANS. THE SAME WITH DACA PEOPLE. RHEY KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY. THEY ARE AMERICANS. Only heartless people would want to make them afraid & anxious about staying in the only country they know.
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03/30/2018
“Family Values”...Republican Party where are you when it counts? Hypocrites?!
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Argument opposed

Individuals who were born overseas and legally adopted before the Child Citizenship Act’s enactment and weren’t granted citizenship should have to go through the naturalization process even if it means deportation.

Shari's Opinion
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03/30/2018
I’m all for adopting children from another country. However, at the age of 18+, they do need to be vetted a bit more than say a 2 yr old. They are old enough to be concealing ties to enemies of the US. I’m not saying they are, but it doesn’t hurt to check them out a bit. If they pass inspection, fine! I’ll lead the ticker tape parade!
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operaman's Opinion
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03/30/2018
Adoption over 18 yo! A loophole? Sounds like a gemick for bypassing regular citizenship requirements. Adoption for 18 and older? Is this also a loophole for child brides?
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Gopin2018's Opinion
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03/30/2018
No get in line like everyone else, get vetted. I’m tired of people especially Democrats trying to use every underhanded way they can find and use to potentially get more Democratic voters to get a permanent voting base and make the United States a one party nation.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 8th, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 2522?

This bill — the Adoptee Citizenship Act — would close a loophole in immigration law by ensuring children adopted from foreign countries are granted U.S. citizenship. Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 automatic citizenship is granted to adoptees under the age of 18, but the law didn’t apply to adoptees who were over the age of 18 when it went into effect — meaning an estimated 35,000 adoptees who had been legally adopted as children and are now adults were unable to receive citizenship.

Impact

Adopted individuals who weren’t granted citizenship because of their age at the time of the Child Citizenship Act’s enactment; and the federal government.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2522

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced this bill to close a loophole in the Adoptee Citizenship Act which has denied thousands of foreign-born adoptees their American citizenship:

“The Child Citizenship Act left thousands of internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, in an untenable position, facing everything from difficulty applying for a passport to possible deportation. These men and women were raised by American parents in the United States, and should have the same rights as other adoptees under the CCA. By fixing current law to meet the original goal of the CCA, we will help ensure these individuals have the security, stability, and opportunity their parents intended for them when they welcomed them into their families.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) added:

“International adoptees who were adopted by American parents and raised as Americans should have the same rights of citizenship as biological children. I’m proud to work with Senator Blunt to close the loophole in the Child Citizenship Act and right this wrong.”

This legislation has the support of three bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, including Hirono and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: designer491 / iStock)

AKA

Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to provide for automatic acquisition of United States citizenship for certain internationally adopted individuals, and for other purposes.

    I do not understand why there are loopholes. This makes no sense and should have not existed in the first place. If we as a country aren’t going to allow people who are adopted full citizenship, we shouldn’t allow adoption from outside the US. We either accept the responsibility fully, or we stop the process from occurring ever.
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    I’m all for adopting children from another country. However, at the age of 18+, they do need to be vetted a bit more than say a 2 yr old. They are old enough to be concealing ties to enemies of the US. I’m not saying they are, but it doesn’t hurt to check them out a bit. If they pass inspection, fine! I’ll lead the ticker tape parade!
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    How UNCHRISTIAN IS THIS LOOPHOLE. Why would we throw out people who have been adopted & been a part of a family & country their whole lives, THEY ARE AMERICANS. THE SAME WITH DACA PEOPLE. RHEY KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY. THEY ARE AMERICANS. Only heartless people would want to make them afraid & anxious about staying in the only country they know.
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    “Family Values”...Republican Party where are you when it counts? Hypocrites?!
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    From what I understand, this is not about adoption of adults, but of adoption of children who happened to be adults at the time this law which granted them citizenship was enacted. Of course all children who are adopted by US citizens should be able to be citizens. Whole premise of adoption is that adoptees are now your children. Why is this even a question?
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    Adoptees of US citizens should have the same rights to citizenship as natural-born children of US citizens. Please vote yes to make it so.
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    Adoption over 18 yo! A loophole? Sounds like a gemick for bypassing regular citizenship requirements. Adoption for 18 and older? Is this also a loophole for child brides?
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    These individuals were legally adopted and that makes them citizens.
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    To all who voted on this earlier this afternoon. Countable corrected a mistake in the original "What is it?" Section that stated the children were 18 at the time of adoption. All should look at the act again and re cast their vote based on the correct information.
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    No get in line like everyone else, get vetted. I’m tired of people especially Democrats trying to use every underhanded way they can find and use to potentially get more Democratic voters to get a permanent voting base and make the United States a one party nation.
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    I think there is some confusion on what the law did when initially implemented. It is not necessarily that someone was adopted when they were over 18, that is very rare, but rather someone adopted as a baby or child younger than 18 at the time of adoption, but that was now over 18 when the law was implemented was excluded from being allowed citizenship automatically. There is no reason to believe these 35000 adoptees should not be allowed in my opinion. Many of them grew up in their adopted families the majority of their lives.
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    This loophole makes no sense. Close it.
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    Vote yes
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    Why are people being adopted when they’re over 18 years old? Are they attempting to gain citizenship through adoption just like some do through marriage? I believe that each case should be examined as to why the adoption has occurred. We’re not talking about people who have been living in this country their whole lives. We’re talking about adults who have been living in a foreign country. This is nothing like DACA.
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    The countable summary is confusing people. It was written incorrectly. Please update. This applies to those adopted as children who were adults when the law first passed so they got left out.
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    How do people not understand that NOBODY IS ADOPTING AN ADULT?!?! Children are not being adopted internationally over age 18!! The issue is for those who were adopted AS YOUNG CHILDREN who were not granted citizenship when they were adopted. The purpose of this legislation is to make sure that international adoptees don't risk deportation as adults simply because they were adopted before legislation (Child Citizenship Act) was enacted which now makes such children citizens at the time of adoption. These are all people who entered the country legally, as children being adopted by American citizens, following every one of the multitude of steps to receive visas from USCIS. There should be NO QUESTION that these people deserve unrestricted citizenship as though they had been born overseas to American parents.
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    I’m leaning to yea on this, my cousin was adopted from South Korea and was legally adopted by my aunt and uncle in the early 1990’s and I feel for them for their ignorant parents who didn’t do it the right way the first time. Granted they never left the country and never traveled to questionable country than I’m okay with this.
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    As far as I am concerned, this is the same issue as we have with DACA. I think it makes sense to address the two programs at the same time.
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    We already take in far too many immigrants legally let alone the millions coming illegally through California. They should go through normal channels to obtain their citizenship. This is just one more way to get people into this country that have nothing to offer but another vote for the democratic party.
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    I don't understand why the word "children" is in this if it applies to those over 18. Sounds like a way to try to cheat the system to me.
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