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Published: Monday, May 28 2012 2:48 p.m. MDT

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samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

More than anything else, this to me is another example of governmental ineptitude.

To have instances such as this where someone who has lived here for essentially their entire lives can be deported on a technicality as obtuse and meaningless as their birth date shows just how monumentally inept some of this legislation is.

I'm afraid I'm getting more disgusted with our government by the day.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I agree with SamHill.

Further, anyone who would trust their lives, health care, or anything else to these blind "government types" fully deserves what they get.

Where is the reason, thinking, judgement, etc?

Deport the 10th Circuit Court.

MissouriCoug
West Jordan, UT

Oh, she has a felony? It seems she has not earned her right to remain in this country...

American citizens with felonies can go away too.

GD
Syracuse, UT

Why make a bad situation worse. With some rehabilitation she still has a life ahead of her. Can you imagine living in a country with no income, family, language barrier?
I agree. Sometimes the government is so inept.

RichardB
Murray, UT

According to other news media, one of her siblings applied when she was 16 as per the law. It was turned down, and they were told that only she (child) could apply at 18, she never filed.

Sad situation, but there is much more to the story. I think AP has a bias on immigration articles.

sjgf
South Jordan, UT

There is a phrase that comes to mind here:

They strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.

I'm all for enforcing the immigration laws. But that's for people who broke the law. I don't see any way that you can construe this situation as this woman breaking the law. If she was adopted as a baby, the intent was that she is a legitimate member of a U.S. citizen's family.

This is very different from someone who hiked across the border, purposefully circumventing the border controls, to get here illegally, in an attempt to take advantage.

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

This isn't the emergency that the articles says it is.

She can't be deported if India doesn't issue travel documents to her.

So the key is to get the Indian government to refuse her the necessary travel documents (why would they want her back?). If they refuse, she stays; there is no other choice.

K
Mchenry, IL

The reason President Clinton signed into law automatic citizenship back in 2000 was to avoid this problem. It still isnt automatic for some countries. Depends on if the adoption was final there or after returning home. You adopt a child and receive advance permission to bring them to the US from immigration. They get a VISA. They come here. They are expected to be treated as if born to you for tax purposes, healthcare, education. Its a surprise the country who is reiterating you need to treat this child as if born to you hasnt secured citizenship for your child. It was not always obvious to adoptive parents that further steps needed to be taken to secure citizenship. I hope her siblings are getting their citizenship secured.

There have been several cases like this almost always connected to drug related crime to support or consequence of a habit.

Lots of people are deported with no ties to their home country.

RichardB
Murray, UT

sjgf, a child brought here through adoption is not a citizen until the papers are filed. The mother fouled up. Until the papers are filed she is a legal resident (green card). This is the problem, if a legal resident commits a felony, they can be deported. It's sad at times when it happens, but committing felonies as an adult will get legal residents deported.

If she or her mother had filed when they were suppose to, it would not be a problem.

K, her siblings are older, their papers were filed out. They tried to help, but the entire family was told the responsibility of her filing out the papers at 18 was hers, and she didn't do it. There is a lot more to the story, but if I tell it as a third party, DN will not publish my comments. A more complete story is out there.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

At the rate the US is shipping everything over to India, I doubt this young lady would have too much trouble establishing herself in her country of orgin. Although I'm with the side that thinks she should be allowed to stay.

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

Never mind the 12-20 million that snuck across the border, concentrate on someone who has a legitimate excuse to be allowed to stay. Sounds like our gov at work and in rare form. Something like a bill that we have to pass in order to find what is in it!! Insane!

JWB
Kaysville, UT

We will be throwing this young lady to the wolves as she is an American by living her life here. It is a paperwork issue and the papermill could still go on for years in this bureaucratic world which justifies more employees for the government by the amount of paperwork that is recycled to another office. This keeps the system going and requires more employees to keep it in limbo forever. The Circuit Court of Appeals, which is was a place to politically put judges of some calibre are now filled with political appointees and approved by the Senate through their political benefit and perk process. They stay there forever and make some good decisions but their job also keeps plenty of underlings working and more are hired to keep the paperwork cycling from office to office, etc. Immigration is a big issue during this election cycle and judges are non-political but involved with masking politics through some of their decisions. This takes pressure away from some other very important issues which are decided based on politics and not the "law". Judges wish they were making laws in Congress but do their part to circumvent the law.

Krull
Orem, UT

So Vogons run the 10th Circuit Court?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

People with the same mentality in the Federal Government that want to deport this girl to India would be running Obamacare if the US Supreme Court doesn't shut it down. There is a black hole when it comes to the mindless Federal Government's use of common sense.

K
Mchenry, IL

A sibling said mom got around to filling out the paperwork for the others. She had 7 years. It makes me mad. If she did it for others she knew her daughter needed it.

As an adoptive parent to a child born abroad this whole portrayal of the the mom as a great humanitarian bothers me. She adopted to be a mother to children. If she adopted to be charitable she caused more harm than good.

As for her waiting to do it herself I'm guessing she never had a guardian to sponsor her? So she had to be an adult to do it herself?

RunAmuckMom
Salt Lake City, UT

This is just wrong. This young lady is a United States Citizen. It is not her fault that her "adopted" parents failed to follow through on the proper paperwork 30 years ago. It appears she is not a criminal and has contributed to her community. This is one of those circumstances in which the courts are wrong. She should not be stripped of home, family, friends, and country for this. She is not a traitor to the United States. She has been raised here, an American. Unless there are facts being kept out of the media pointing out that this young lady is a terrorist or sleep cell type person. This is wrong and not what America is about.

SLars
Provo, UT

From what I understand after reading this and other articles and comments, it seems pretty cut and dried. It is not the governments fault, but hers. She was told that she needed to come back at 18 and fill out the papers, a guardian could not do it for her. At 17 she started her forging and drug lifestyle and never followed through. That's why she has been ordered to be deported.

The only question here is her health care and MS. I have no idea of the level of care in India for this illness. But it does bring up a point, should the US accept anyone here illegally just because they have health problems? Do we open our borders to anyone with a serious illness?

K
Mchenry, IL

I don't understand why she had to do it as adult. She didn't turn illegal at 18?

Her mom should have but didn't. If mom can why not a relative or guardian?

She developed the MS here. Not there.

I worry her job prospects. If she was adopted caste status was lower. Can she get a job? Knowing English isn't the be all end all in global skills.

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