Yet another story of an adopted person whose parents never secured citizenship. Blanca Catt was born in Mexico and adopted by U.S. citizen parents. At age 16, she learned she was not a citizen.
Now 19, Catt and her mother are attempting to obtain citizenship. But it is much more difficult once an adopted immigrant has reached the age of majority.
In 2009, 2,105 Ethiopian children were brought to the United States for the purposes of adoption. If those children’s parents don’t finalize the adoptions, the children will not obtain citizenship. That’s just children from Ethiopia. Take a look at the other numbers. And don’t forget about those 1,000+ Haitian “orphans” brought to the U.S. under humanitarian parole. Humanitarian parole is a more complicated status than an IR4 visa; adoptive parents are already complaining about the lengthy process for citizenship. How many will follow through?
And what about children with disrupted adoptions? Jennifer Haynes was one such adoptee. Who will ensure they receive their citizenship?
Additionally, just a note on a few erroneous beliefs expressed by adoptive parents:
1. “A social security number is proof of citizenship.” No, it is not. You do not need to be a citizen to obtain a social security number. In addition, if you do not show proof of citizenship when you apply for the social security card, the applicant will not be listed as a citizen in the SS record and may be deemed ineligible for certain benefits.
2. “A foreign certification of birth issued by the state is proof of citizenship.” No, it is not. A birth certificate is only proof of citizenship if it indicates you were born in the U.S. I might also note that a fair number of people appear to believe that folks of color aren’t citizens, even if born in the U.S.
3. “A certificate of citizenship is not necessary.” Yes, it most certainly is.
I’ve covered this ground before ad nauseum, and I don’t feel like covering it again. Suffice it to say, I won’t be entertaining arguments with people who endorse any of these erroneous beliefs and maintain their superior rightness. Especially if you can’t provide any facts to support your argument and I can.
If you are an adoptive parent, get your kid a certificate of citizenship.
That is all.