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Crime and Punishment

January 26, 2011

Here’s some news for The Outrage File: “A Korean woman in Arizona, who was adopted and brought to the U.S. when she was eight months old, is facing deportation after a second conviction for theft, reports the Korea Times. The 31-year-old mother of three is currently being held in a federal detention center in Arizona.” Follow this link to read the whole story: http://newamericamedia.org/2011/01/korean-woman-adopted-as-infant-facing-deportation-in-arizona.php.

The bottom line is that this woman’s adoption took place before the implementation of current law – which gives automatic citizenship to children adopted from other countries – and neither she nor her parents applied for citizenship for her. So, even though she has lived in the United States all her life, has given birth to three children on our nation’s soil, has never as much as visited Korea and doesn’t speak the language, American authorities want to send her “back.”

Should people who commit crimes be punished? Absolutely. But this is a crystal clear example of how adopted people are sometimes treated differently, and I do NOT mean for the better. Can you imagine something comparable happening to someone born into her/his family, whatever the crime? Of course not, but this woman isn’t the first adoptee against whom deportation proceedings have been initiated and, alas, some have been successful.

The law needs to be fixed, and such proceedings have to stop. They’re not just unfair – they’re outrageous.