BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s Republican senator is becoming a member of a bipartisan group of colleagues that desires to shut a loophole in U.S. citizenship guidelines to learn internationally adopted youngsters.
Sen. Susan Collins is among the many supporters of the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021. The proposal would make adjustments to the Baby Citizenship Act of 2000.
Collins and different lawmakers mentioned the present citizenship guidelines solely apply to adoptees who had been beneath the age of 18 when the legislation took impact in February 2001. That denies citizenship to adoptees who had been 18 or older in February 2001, regardless that they had been legally adopted as youngsters by U.S. residents and raised within the U.S., the lawmakers mentioned.
The proposed adjustments would make citizenship automated for worldwide adoptees who had been legally adopted by U.S. residents as youngsters, no matter their age when the citizenship act took impact, the lawmakers mentioned.
Collins mentioned it’s “merely not proper that worldwide adoptees who had been legally adopted in the USA are being denied citizenship resulting from a loophole in present legislation.”