David's Story, California

David is a devoted husband and father and has been a proud San Franciscan since he was 3 weeks old. He was born in Santa Catarina, Brazil and brought into the city by his adoptive parents just weeks after his birth. His adoption was finalized shortly after his 2nd birthday, and he was the first child of his psychologist mother and architect father. He was a gifted athlete all throughout school, and offered scholarships to private schools for his talents in baseball.

He has been a model citizen- maintaining stable employment, obtaining a driver’s license, paying taxes, and even passing a Department of Justice background check to legally obtain firearms. David got married in 2013, and his daughter was born the following year. When attempting to obtain a passport, David found out that he is not considered a U.S. citizen. There is no record of his entry into the U.S., he is not provided with a pathway to citizenship as the result of his marriage or the Child Citizenship Act of 2001, nor can he apply for a green card. All of these things require proof of legal entry, and poor record keeping in the 1980’s has deprived him of the necessary documentation.

David is now threatened with being torn away with the only biological relative he’s ever met, his daughter. The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 is currently the only opportunity that David has to obtain citizenship. David’s Decree of Adoption reads, in part, that“the minor is now the adopted child of [the] petitioners…and shall be regarded and treated in all respects as their own lawful child; and that they shall sustain toward the child and the child towards them the legal relation of parent and child, and each respectively shall have all of the rights and be subject to all of the duties of natural parent and child”.

David has been wrongfully denied the rights promised to him with the finalization of his adoption, and we have faith that our elected officials will protect our family and thousands of others who are relying on this bill.