Immigrants Face Deportation

Posted on January 22, 2007. Filed under: immigration, Team America |

As I was searching for another KoreAm Journal article, I came across an article from 2003 about Aaron, a 27-year old Korean American adoptee who was adopted from Korea at the age of 3. A misprinted birth certificate sent from the adoption agency led Aaron’s parents to believe that Aaron’s alien status had been changed to that of a U.S. citizen, so they never pursued the naturalization process for him as adoptive parents are required to do.

Throughout Aaron’s childhood, Aaron’s adoptive parents thought he was a U.S. citizen. In April 2001, Aaron was picked up for selling marijuana, and an INS purge identified him as an illegal alien – news that shocked him and his family.

An excerpt from the article:

Because of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which imposed harsh regulations on non-citizens who commit crimes, the INS placed Aaron in the San Diego detention facility. The law mandates that immigrants convicted of crimes that are punishable by at least a year – even permanent residents who have committed relatively minor crimes like shoplifting – be detained and face deportation.


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