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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