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US House passes bill that grants intercountry adoptees benefits, paths back to US if they’ve been deported

Adoptee Citizenship
  • The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice have worked together for the past eight years to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved along with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210 in the House of Representatives.
  • “There are people in the United States that know this country as their home; who were adopted, but were not granted citizenship even though they are part of American families,” Congressman Andy Kim (D-N.J.) told NextShark.
  • If enacted into law, “the Adoptee Citizenship Act will enable thousands of adoptees to access critical supports like disability benefits, social security, housing, and education loans, and provide a pathway for adoptees who have been unjustly deported to return home and be reunited with their families.”
  • The bill is now on its way to the Senate floor for consideration.

The House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act with the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, a bill that would grant benefits to thousands of adoptees who were legally adopted and brought to the U.S. by their citizen parents.

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice — “an intercountry adoptee-led social justice organization” — have worked together for the past eight years in an effort to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210.

‘My heart bled for them’: Director Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou’ aims to change the fate of American adoptees facing deportation

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In a shotgun home in the Louisiana bayou, a Korean adoptee’s small-town world is rocked when he finds out that in the 30 years he’s lived in America, he is not considered a citizen and is at risk of deportation.

Justin Chon, the writer, director and star behind “Blue Bayou” plays the character Antonio LeBlanc, a financially struggling New Orleans-based tattoo artist who was adopted from South Korea when he was 3. The film peers into the lives of Antonio and his pregnant wife Kathy, played by Alicia Vikander, as parents of Kathy’s young daughter from a previous marriage.

Two Korean Adoptees Bonded Over Discrimination And Became Each Other’s ‘Seoulmates’

Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on Love What Matters and was reposted with permission from the author.

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