It can be hard to know exactly what to say. That’s why we put together a sample letter that you can use if you wanted to send a physical letter via snail-mail (e.g, the postal service) to your Rep’s office. Just fill in the template by replacing the bolded words with your own information. If you are writing to a Senator, use “Senate” and “S. 1554.” If you’re writing to a Representative use “House of Representatives” and “H.R. 2731.” We also have guides to help you contact your reps through email via Democracy.io, telephone, or through ResistBot.
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RE: [S.1554 or H.R. 2731] Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019
Dear [Senator/Congressman or Congresswoman]:
My name is [FIRST/LAST NAME] and I am a community member who resides in [CITY, STATE]. Currently, the law governing international adoption places adoptive families at risk in [STATE] and throughout the United States.
The proposed Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 [S.1554 or H.R. 2731] in the U.S. [House of Representatives or Senate] would grant citizenship to adoptees whose parents did not complete the necessary processes to provide their adopted children with citizenship.
Several deportations of individuals who were legally adopted from foreign countries have already taken place, breaking up families and returning the deported individuals to places where they were born but have no other connections. This issue impacts not only adults who were adopted years ago–and their families–but also young adopted children. They are currently growing up without citizenship because they were not protected by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. Adoptees who do not have citizenship have come from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
According to the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, there are potentially 19,000 Korean American adoptees who do not have U.S. citizenship.
We ask for your support in cosponsoring the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 [S.1554 or H.R. 2731] which would guarantee the naturalization of adoptees who immigrated to the U.S. under the promise of finding a permanent home by virtue of adoption into U.S. families. I feel as I know you do, that every adopted child is entitled to a safe, secure, permanent placement; citizenship is an essential component.
Thank you for your consideration.
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