Justin Ki Hong, 33, of Salem, Ore., was adopted from a Korean orphanage by an American family when he was 2. He didnít learn until after college that he was never naturalized as a U.S. citizen. (Family photos)

The Sept. 3 front-page article “Growing up American, only to learn you’re not” accurately expressed the issue of early American adoption services. Systemic flaws that led to uninformed adoptive parents before 2000 have had serious consequences for the adoptees. Before 2000, security was not as tight and allowed for adoptees and their adoptive parents to believe that they were citizens even if the correct papers were not in order or had never been signed. This gap in documents is now reason for many adoptees to be deported even if they have lived in the United States for most of their lives and have built ties in the country. Most adoptees have little or no recollection of their birth country and know only American culture.

The solution mentioned in the article, the Adoptee Citizenship Act, has been introduced in the House and Senate and is awaiting votes. The adoptees now slowly figuring out that they are not legally citizens are living in fear, and some have already been deported. The act should be passed. These adoptees are like any other American citizen; the only difference is that a few papers were overlooked when they were younger.

Samira Mudd, Takoma Park