Another intercountry adoptee, Kairi Shepherd, is facing deportation. Kairi was adopted from India at three months of age. Her adoptive mother died of cancer when Kairi was a child, and Kairi was convicted of felony check forgery at the age of 17. She has served time for this crime. However, in spite of her complicated history and the compelling argument in favor of allowing her to remain in the United States, current laws offer the judicial system no discretion. Kairi, who is now 30 years old, is therefore scheduled for deportation. Her legal team is considering options, and the government of India has also taken an interest in the case. The following articles provide additional information about Kairi Shepherd and her case:
- Utah woman faces likely deportation after losing appeal
- Indian adopted at 3 months faces deportation at 30
- Govt may help Kairi Shepherd
- India may help woman facing deportation in America
Korean Focus urges adopted individuals and adoptive parents to confirm their and their children’s citizenship status, and to seek immigration-competent assistance to obtain and document citizenship.
Korean Focus’s Citizenship page provides resources and information about citizenship for adoptees. Contact us to add resources or additional information to this page, or with any questions you may have.