The Child Citizenship Act guarantees citizenship to most international adoptees, but the law only applies to adoptees who were under the age of 18 when the law took effect on February 27, 2001. This loophole denies citizenship to adoptees who were age 18 or over in February 2001, even though they were legally adopted as children by U.S. citizens and raised in the United States. Without citizenship, international adoptees face many barriers, such as having trouble applying for a passport, license, or student financial aid. In some cases, they have been deported to the country in which they were born, where they generally do not have family, know the language or customs, and have little chance of surviving.
More than 35,000 adult adoptees in the United States spent their entire lives completely unaware that they lacked citizenship and faced deportation. Their stories deserve to be heard in their own words. Their stories deserve to be UnErased. UnErased: The Deportation of Adoptees in America, co-produced by Focus Features and Treefort Media in support of the film, BLUE BAYOU. Written and directed by Justin Chon, and starring Justin Chon and Alicia Vikander. In theaters September 17th.