Do you remember the Citizenship for all US Intercountry Adoptees petition we posted here, dear reader? It’s safe to say that the petition, created by Korean Focus and two leaders in the adoptee community, is sending a strong message to Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator James M. Inhofe, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, and Congresswoman Karen Bass, the co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. The petition is “this close” to reaching the goal of 1,000 signatures. Boom! If you haven’t already done so, you can sign the petition here.
Come on. Take a few minutes. Help the sprint to the finish, AND while you’re at it, take 2 minutes to read, sign, and pass along the petition to Stop the Deportation of Russell David Green, a current case in New York.
The Citizenship for all US Intercountry Adoptees petition has done a fantastic job of raising awareness. Now a group of adoptees here in Minnesota is offering you, dear reader, the opportunity to work with them to stop the current deportation case of Russell David Green, a mixed-raced Korean adoptee, a father of three children. Come on. Take a few minutes to read, sign, and pass along the petition, that includes you Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS), Spence-Chapin Adoption Services, and Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS). I’m sure raising awareness about this case places you in an awkward position, but this is a petition that even you and I can agree on. Don’t be a troll…and I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Read. Sign. Pass along. Work with the adoptee community to obtain 10,000 signatures from and beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
A note from the petition organizers
We need your help to stop the deportation of Russell David Green, a mixed-race Korean adoptee, who was not naturalized as a child and who now as an adult faces possible deportation on January 1, 2012. Russell needs your support to convince the U.S. Immigration Court to keep him in the United States, the only home he has known for the vast majority of his life.
You don’t have to be… an adoptee to sign this petition. Anyone can sign it. We encourage you to ask your friends and families to help Russell remain home. If you are an Adoptee or know adoptees, Russell’s story could be yours or theirs— a child who immigrated to the U.S. to be adopted but whose naturalization was never completed through no fault of his.
Imagine being forced to leave your “forever home” to reside permanently in a foreign country for the rest of your life without knowing the language and culture and without having shelter, a job, family and friends simply because adults failed to act in your “best interests” to ensure that you, when you were a child, were safe. The news media in recent years have reported that adoptees who have been deported to their countries of origin have been homeless, jobless, alienated, separated from their loved ones, and even murdered.
Russell David Green needs your urgent support. Please sign this petition Stop the deportation of Russell David Green and Other Adoptee Immigrants. Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by January 1, 2012. To learn more and to take action, please visit:
Justice for Adoptees Coalition