Save Man at Risk of Deportation Due to Clerical Error

Target: Sarah Saldaña, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Stop all efforts to deport a non-native born man who was adopted by American parents.

Though he was adopted from South Korea as a child, a 40-year-old man faces deportation due to his foster parents’ failure to document him as an American citizen. Even though Congress passed a law in 2000 that made all children adopted by Americans automatic citizens, it didn’t extend to those who were over the age of 18 at the time the law passed. Some legislatures have proposed amending the bill to allow adults brought to the country as children to reap the same benefit, but in the meantime, Adam Crapser and his family are suffering.

Crapser was brought to the states at the age of three with his sister by a couple from Michigan. Six years later, the couple decided they didn’t want the kids anymore and abandoned them to foster care where they were split up. Crapser bounced between homes for a while before settling with Thomas and Dolly Crapser of Oregon where they kept multiple foster children. Crapser recalls being beaten, burned, and slammed into door frames. In 1991, the couple was arrested and charged with over 30 counts of rape, sexual assault, and criminal mistreatment of minors, though they hardly served any time.

During his ninth grade year, Crapser dropped out of school and become homeless. He was accused of theft when he broke back into his parents’ house to get his things and has a record for stealing cars and assaulting a roommate. Crapser takes full responsibility for these crimes, has paid his time, and has turned his life around. Before he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he lived with his wife and three children as a stay-at-home dad because he had a hard time finding work due to his lack of credentials. When he applied for a green card, officials flagged him for his criminal past and began the deportation process.

In court, Crapser has pleaded with prosecutors to not make him leave because he is naturalized to the United States. If he went back to South Korea, he would be ostracized because he does not know the language or culture. This beloved man is being punished for his adoptive parents’ negligence in filling out proper paperwork for his citizenship. Demand that ICE promptly stop all efforts to deport this man.


Dear Ms. Saldaña,

Adam Crapser faces being deported though he has lived in this country nearly his entire life. He was brought here at the age of three by a couple who neglected to attain citizenship for him, and now at over 40 years of age, is being punished by your offices and made to return to a country he does not call home. Crapser would be ostracized in his native country for not knowing the culture, and sending him to this nightmare would be a violation of his human rights.

In 2000, lawmakers passed a bill that granted automatic citizenship to all children adopted by American parents. While this ruling was only extended to those who were children at the time, I urge you to consider Crapser as you would their cases. He does not deserve to be punished for his parents’ failures. Deporting this man would destroy a family and leave yet another set of children orphaned. Please do all in your power to release this man back to his family and immediately halt efforts to deport him.


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Photo Credit: Jim Winstead

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