Dear Senator Mary Landrieu,
As you know, there are numerous adoptees living in the United States who are currently at risk of being deported because their adoptive parents and their adoption agencies did not properly file paperwork to give the adoptees US citizenship. They were promised, through adoption, a better chance at life in our fine country, and they have lived as good people. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, grandchildren, employees, employers, friends, neighbors, and all around outstanding individuals contributing to our American way of life.
Since July of 2012, your office has had the opportunity to alleviate this major problem facing adoptees lacking something that should have automatically been given to them. Your office, in fact, has had a copy of a great piece of legislation that would offer retroactive citizenship to all individuals who were brought into the country by US citizens for the purposes of adoption. Your office has had the opportunity to make sure all adoptees are able to get a driver’s license, loans, passports, bank accounts, etc. Unfortunately, your office has done nothing with this incredibly important piece of legislation. Instead, you have focused on the adoption tax credit, which in part encourages Americans to bring the world’s children to the US. You have focused on your partnership with the film Stuck, in which you lament the fact that the pace of international adoption has slowed significantly. You have focused on traveling across Southeast Asia, imploring Southeast Asian countries to expedite the intercountry adoption process. To say it differently, your actions indicate that you are more interested in importing goods, rather than taking care of our domestic goods.
Senator Landrieu, I respect you and admire your tenacity. Because of this, I implore you to do the right thing by stepping up and being the champion of adoptees that you say you are.
Thank you for your time,
Land of Gazillion Adoptees