Given the number of children immigrating to the U.S. to be adopted in the past twenty years, I think stories like these are going to be more common.
Stevens’ parents never went through the process to allow Stevens to become a U.S. citizen. The mistake her parents made by not applying for naturalization of their adopted children almost 50 years ago has sent Steven’s life reeling, leaving her uncertain of her identity and her future. Stevens has heard horror stories of adoptees returned to their birth country because they’d broken the law. She wonders if that applies to her because she voted in every election since she turned 18 and signed documents to get jobs and college aid stating she was an American citizen.
“It’s a scary feeling,” Stevens said in the kitchen of her Estero home. “Am I going to end up deported?”
Background story on Keathley here.