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Vancouver father could be deported to South Korea by the end of the week

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Vancouver father Adam Crapser may be deported to South Korea by the end of the week after being flagged in immigration applying for a green card. He only discovered recently his adoptive parents did not file citizenship papers when he was a child. (Q13) Vancouver father Adam Crapser may be deported to South Korea by the end of the week after being flagged in immigration applying for a green card. He only discovered recently his adoptive parents did not file citizenship papers when he was a child. (Q13)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Until recently, Adam Crapser lived in Vancouver with his wife and young children. Now his life is turned upside down as he sits in a private immigration prison in Tacoma.

Crapser was adopted from South Korea as a toddler, and that's where a judge has ordered he be sent back.

Last spring, Crapser told FOX 12 how the family that brought him to the United States with his sister when he was 3 not only failed to file his naturalization papers but were also abusive.

While his sister was adopted into a new home and became a citizen, Crapser struggled, having issues with the law before turning his life around, eventually getting married and owning a business in Vancouver.

­It was only last year when he discovered he had not been naturalized. After applying for a green card, Crapser was flagged by Immigration Customs Enforcement, and though there is now a law that grants adopted children citizenship, it did not apply for Crapser.

“Unfortunately, that law had an arbitrary cutoff date,” he said.

Crapser’s attorney Lori Walls believes that the immigration judge in the case had the option to not deport her client. However, she says the judge only focused on Crapser’s legal issues from his teen years.

Crapser says he has community support, but said to immigrations officials it did not seem to matter.

“I had 50,000 signatures on a petition to keep me here,” he said. “They didn’t look at any of it, just my criminal record.”

The group Adoptee Rights Campaign is working to make sure what happened to Crapser doesn't happen to anyone else. It's fighting for a bill in Congress to amend the 2001 law giving all adopted people automatic citizenship.

While the group hopes the bill will pass at the end of the year, it’s too late for Crapser, who believes he will be deported by the end of this week.  

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