Adoptee Citizenship Act Day of Action

2016-04-11-ACAdayAdoption community members are gathering in Washington, D.C. today to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015.

As per information from Creating a Family and the Adoptee Rights Campaign:

In 2001, the Child Citizenship Act automatically granted citizenship to most foreign-born children, born after January of 1983. This means that some adoptees born prior to 1983 were not covered by the Child Citizenship Act and therefore not guaranteed citizenship. It left out thousands of international adoptees from Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015 (S.2275); the act was drafted and promoted by adoptees.

This act would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, retroactively granting U.S. citizenship to all international adoptees regardless of when they were adopted.

On Tuesday, April 19th, community members from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. for the first Adoptee Citizenship Act (ACA) Day of Action. Advocated will be meeting with representatives to support the bill’s passage in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The Day of Action also will include a press conference, which will feature adoptees that do not have citizenship, and a call-in day for those who are not able to join us in DC.

The Day of Action is being co-sponsored by National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Coalition (KAC), 18 Million Rising, Gazillion Strong, and the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC).