We’re transitioning into “three editor mode” (Shelise, Amanda, and yours truly), which starts next month. So, to end June there will be a bit of a sporadic week here at Land of Gazillion Adoptees. However, the quality of the content will be what you expect.
The following statement is from Jane Jeong Trenka, who posted her thoughts on adoptee citizenship/deportation on her FB wall. I absolutely agree with her sentiments. Of course I would like to see a broad, stand-alone piece of legislation to finally put the adoptee citizenship/deportation conversation to an end. However, it isn’t practical. A stand-alone piece of legislation in our current political environment won’t go anywhere in the immediate future. To put it in crass terms, it would simply be “academic masturbation” that helps no one. We need an amendment that is expedient and pragmatic.
Per Jane Jeong Trenka:
“It’s a matter of triage and tourniquets. The deportees need a real and practical solution, and so do the people who care for them. The Child Citizenship Act should be amended to give citizenship to all int’l adoptees, including the deportees.
Going through the existing channel is always easiest. For example, when we amended the Special Adoption Law in Korea, it was the 10th amendment to an old law. The law that started out as a pretty bad one was changed many times, until it finally became a law that’s pretty good.
Likewise, if the existing Child Citizenship Act were amended to give citizenship to all international adoptees who were born starting in 1940, that would cover adoptees now 72 years of age and younger. I would like to see that happen. We need to have that happen.
We need a real, concrete solution, *right now.* We are going to become permanent, lifelong caregivers — in a country with little resources for English-speaking, ill adoptees — if nothing changes. Anyone who wants to delay concrete, practical action for the sake of ideology — please come to Korea and devote your life to being a caregiver for a few months, and then see what you think.”