Adam Crasper, a 41 year old man adopted from South Korean is facing deportation because his adoptive parents never filed citizenship paperwork for him. His series of adoptive parents and foster homes were abusive and he was on his own at 16. He was convicted of breaking in to one of his foster homes after he was kicked out to retrieve some personal belongings and served 25 months. Because of this chaotic upbringing, he never became a citizen. Now, with a wife and two daughters, he is being forced back to South Korea after spending most of his childhood and all of his adult life in the United States.
Crasper is philosophical about the move and says that he is excited to see his biological mother and family in South Korea and plans to start a new life in the place that he actually “belongs”. His positive attitude is admirable but probably not shared by most deportees who face living indefinitely in a foreign country where they do not even know the language.
Our immigration policy is flawed, in my opinion. Once a person has lived in our country for a certain amount of time, especially when they have grown up here, it makes no sense to send them back to a place they don’t even remember.