U.S. ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Make sure your children have their proof of citizenship.
According to this article, both Jess Mustanich and and an unidentified adoptee from Japan (probably Alejandro Ebron) have been deported.
Mustanich, who was six months old when he was adopted, has been deported to El Salvador. His parents never filed for citizenship; according to the story his father took the paperwork to the INS in 1988 but was turned away.
In Ebron’s case (I’m assuming it’s Ebron because he’s described as a child adopted from Japan when he was one), his parents filed the citizenship paperwork and were granted a hearing in 1961. However, Ebron’s father was out of the country at the time and his mother was told that he needed to be present.
The first article also erroneously notes the following:
While a 2000 law made citizenship virtually automatic for most adopted children brought into the United States, it doesn’t apply retroactively.
According to the Department of State, in 2007 there were 18,748 immigrant visas issued to orphans from the top twenty sending countries. Of these, 5,580 were IR4 visas. Children who arrive on IR4 visas do not receive automatic citizenship. They must complete additional requirements and then file for a change of status.
That means that 5,580 children, or 29.7 percent, from the top twenty sending countries potentially might not receive citizenship through their parents’ errors or omissions. And that’s just for 2007 alone.
Wonder how many more Jess Mustanichs there are out there.