This bill — the Adoptee Citizenship Act — would close a loophole in immigration law by ensuring children adopted from foreign countries are granted U.S. citizenship. Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 automatic citizenship is granted to adoptees under the age of 18, but the law didn’t apply to adoptees who were over the age of 18 when it went into effect — meaning an estimated 35,000 adoptees who had been legally adopted as children and are now adults were unable to receive citizenship.
What is Senate Bill S. 2522?
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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced this bill to close a loophole in the Adoptee Citizenship Act which has denied thousands of foreign-born adoptees their American citizenship:
“The Child Citizenship Act left thousands of internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, in an untenable position, facing everything from difficulty applying for a passport to possible deportation. These men and women were raised by American parents in the United States, and should have the same rights as other adoptees under the CCA. By fixing current law to meet the original goal of the CCA, we will help ensure these individuals have the security, stability, and opportunity their parents intended for them when they welcomed them into their families.”
Original cosponsor Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) added:
“International adoptees who were adopted by American parents and raised as Americans should have the same rights of citizenship as biological children. I’m proud to work with Senator Blunt to close the loophole in the Child Citizenship Act and right this wrong.”
This legislation has the support of three bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, including Hirono and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
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Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018
A bill to provide for automatic acquisition of United States citizenship for certain internationally adopted individuals, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedMarch 8th, 2018
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