In November 2015, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced Senate Bill 2275 — the Adoptee Citizenship Act — which will provide automatic citizenship to internationally adopted individuals who were never naturalized and are not currently U.S. citizens. This issue has been a priority for the international adoption community for years, and was intended to be resolved as part of the Adoption Bill of 2000, which provided automatic citizenship to adoptees up to the age of 18 years. The intention was to revisit this issue with new legislation, but then fallout from the terrorist attacks on 9/11 created a more restrictive view of new immigration legislation. The bottom line is that adoptees over the age of 18 did not receive automatic citizenship and today they remain vulnerable to deportation, despite being raised in the United States to U.S. citizen adoptive parents.
The Adoptee Citizenship Act (S.2275) is a bold and courageous initiative led by Senator Klobuchar that will complete the opportunity for all international adoptees to become citizens. Additional co-sponsors are Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). We are grateful for their support, but we need more senators to co-sponsor the bill for it to be successful. Today, we encourage you to urge your members of congress to become co-sponsors of this critical legislation.
At this time, there is no corresponding legislation in the House of Representatives, so your requests are only to the Senate. We will keep you informed on the status of this issue in the House.