Don’t Deport South Korean Man Adopted at Age Three

Target: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Goal: Stop deportation of a man now in his late forties who was adopted by Americans at age three.

Adam Crapser was brought to America as a three-year-old, lived his entire life here and is now a father of four. He has now been ordered to be sent back to South Korea. When he was a toddler, his adoptive parents brought him to this country but did not complete his citizenship papers, and then abandoned him to the foster care system. Despite his appeals for help, Crapser is being sent away from his family to a country that is completely foreign to him, as a result of parental failings, a criminal record, and Congressional acts.

Approximately 35,000 people in the U.S. were adopted from abroad to parents who failed to obtain citizenship for them. Adam Crapser’s first adoptive family took in Adam and his sister, but never completed their papers. The parents were allegedly violent and often abused the children, whipping them and forcing them to sit in a dark basement. They decided six years later that they no longer wanted the children, so Adam and his sister were split up and put into the system, where Crapser lived in foster homes and a boys’ home before ending up with a new family in Oregon.

His new parents had as many as 10 foster children in the house at a time, and were reportedly even more brutal than the first family. Crapser says he had his hands burned, his nose broken, his mouth duct taped shut, and was hit in the back of the head with a two-by-four for offenses like waking his mother up from a nap or being unable to find his father’s car keys. When he was kicked out of the house, he broke back in to retrieve his belongings and was convicted of burglary. This led to other criminal offenses after Crapser had served his time, but he managed to turn his life around, working as a barbershop owner and in the insurance industry and, most recently, as a stay-at-home-dad for his four children.

Congress passed a law in 2000 granting automatic citizenship to children adopted by American parents, but it applied only to future adoptees and those who were still children (under 18) at the time. Adam Crapser did not make this age cut-off, so was forced to apply for a Green Card. This is what led to his deportation, as it brought his old criminal record to the forefront and Congress has vastly expanded the list of deportable offenses. Crapser has served his time, and says, “All I want to do is be the best American I can be.” Sign below to help this man remain with his family in the country where he has spent his entire life.


Dear Speaker Ryan,

It has come to my attention that a South Korean man who was adopted and brought to America nearly 40 years ago, at age three, is set to be deported. Adam Crapser will be torn away from his family and the only country he has ever known due to the failings of the system. This is an injustice and can not be allowed to happen.

Crapser was adopted by allegedly abusive parents, who failed to complete his citizenship papers and then abandoned him. The next family who adopted him appears to have been still more brutal and abusive, resulting in his arrest for burglary when he was kicked out of his home and returned for his possessions, including shoes and a Bible. He served his time, and although in the years following he was charged with other criminal offenses, he again served his time and turned his life around. He is now a father of four.

Although it is clear that America gave Adam Crapser a rocky start in life, it is the only country he has ever known, and he has worked hard to turn things around. He has said, “All I want to do is be the best American I can be. I don’t want to be this broken, screwed-up guy. Just don’t take me out of the United States.” I urge you not to tear this man away from his family and his home.


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Photo Credit: Robert Rexach

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  1. Neville Bruce says:

    Disgusting. The US is his country, not S. Korea.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    What an honorific and horrid situations, this chap has had to endure, and survive, yet he has.
    Taken a wife and has 4 children to shower with the love and security he’d never known.
    Cast out of one country to another then treated like trash by adoptive parents, lost his sister, subjected to the ‘system’, then another abusive foster family.
    Heck for this man to be able to show love, security and compassion after his traumas is nothing short of a miracle, that deserves a reward for bravery!
    Please don’t destroy a family, the world already has to many dis-functional kids on the streets. Show the true American spirit of understanding and compassion for this family. Please let him stay in the only country he knows as home. Thank you

  3. Gillian Miller says:

    Crapser didn’t ask to be taken to America when he was 3 years old by an abusive couple who failed to adopt him properly. Crapser didn’t ask to be put into an appalling foster care system that failed him, and others, by placing them into an even more abusive environment and failing to protect him.

    Crapser now has American children and the human right to be with his children as clearly set by the European Court of Human Rights. Whilst I accept that America is not bound by any European standard, it is one that they should aim to emulate.

    So, by deporting Crapser to a country that he does not even remember, a language he does not speak and losing his family, the US feels vindicated that justice has been done. But, what of the millions of illegal immigrants who are welcomed, allowed to drive, receive benefits and housing? They can stay. So why not a person who was kidnapped from his country and pays taxes?

  4. I have come to the conclusion that all governments are barmy.

  5. Wendy Morrison says:

    This man’s adoptive parents should be the ones forced to leave this country NOT him!!!!

  6. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Ha,ha,ha this is the typical human’s idiotic red carpet system which happens from time to time….
    I hope that some kind of common sense will win as usual….

  7. Disgusting! This is not the America our forefathers envisioned!

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