When I am the Despotic Ruler of the Universe, I will punitively enforce draconian regulations against privileged persons whining about things that “cost too much money.”
And adoptive parents of kids from other countries will be required to acquire their children’s certificates of citizenship and valid passports.
Yeah, I know, the certificate of citizenship costs a lot of money. And it isn’t fair that adopted kids should have to pay for it. They should get it for free, unlike those other immigrants. And yeah, you don’t have the money right now.
This despite the fact that you probably spent in excess of $20,000 for an international adoption. And how much did you spend on souvenirs? What did your iPad cost? How about your videocamera?
So go ahead and punish the government by refusing to fork over your
$600 $550. Despite the fact that if you had done it when I told you the first time, you wouldn’t have spent so much. But the only person who will really suffer from this is your kid.
And you’re going to get old and die someday. Maybe even tomorrow. All your papers in a mess. (Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from frantic adoptive parents who have lost all their adoption paperwork.) And your kid is detained. USCIS records indicate that he is a resident alien. And even if you dig up the adoption papers, the passport with the immigration stamp in it, somebody still has to make that determination.
Maybe your kid isn’t going to get in any kind of trouble. Although the trouble can be what most people think of as relatively minor. But maybe your kid will be like the citizens who were erroneously detained in an immigration sweep. Held only for twelve hours if you’re lucky, for months if you’re not.
Current longest wrongful deportation of a U.S. citizen: Ten years.