Date June 13, 2012
Letter to President Obama Regarding Adoptee Deportation
|Two days ago Joint Council and several of its partner organizations signed a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the deportation of adult adoptee Kairi Shepherd. The letter begins as follows:
June 12, 2012
President Barack Obama
Dear President Obama,
On May 8th, Kairi Shepherd, an Indian adoptee who has advanced multiple sclerosis, was issued what in effect was her death sentence: deportation to India — a country she has not seen or known since she was adopted at 3 months old — and consequent separation from her family and doctors. Her crimes were check fraud related to a drug habit for which she has served her time, but her punishment did not end there. Why? Under the Child Citizenship Act (CCA), Kairi is ineligible for automatic citizenship because she turned 18 before February 27, 2001. Her mother, Erlene, died of breast cancer before she could submit her daughter’s child naturalization application.
Mr. President, how can America break up families like Kairi’s and others on account of the CCA’s age limit? Does love have an expiration date? As adoptee community leaders and allies, we write to express our great concern about the inhumanity of Kairi’s situation and to request the immediate withdrawal of her immigration charges and those of other adult adoptees who are detained and facing possible removal….
Please see the full letter here.