United States Kicks Out Successful Biochemist Student
KANSAS — October 2, 2018
A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that a South Korean-born teenager, who was adopted by her aunt and uncle in Kansas, will have to leave the country right after graduation from college because of a disparity between state and immigration laws regarding a child’s age at the time of adoption.
According to U.S. Immigration Court data, the girl, Hyebin, Schreiber was brought to the United States in 2012 at the age of 15. Her parents, now-retired Army Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber of Lansing, Kansas, and his wife, Soo Jin, met in South Korea when he was stationed there in 1995.
As was revealed, the man delayed the formal adoption, in large part because the 27-year army veteran spent much of 2013 and 2014 in Afghanistan, where he served as an intelligence officer.
However, the immigration court didn’t take this fact into account and instead decided to remove the girl from the country. Patrick’s lawyer advised him to wait to finalize the adoption until Hyebin was 17. However, that rule only applies to the adoption of native-born Americans.
Under federal immigration law, foreign-born children must be adopted before they turn 16 to derive citizenship from an American. The birth certificate issued by Kansas was, in the eyes of the federal government, essentially null and void.
As a result, the girl will have to leave the U.S. after graduation from Kansas University, where she is a senior studying biochemistry.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said in his ruling against the family that the federal immigration law is “not ambiguous” and that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “interpreted the statue in accordance with its plain meaning.”
In March, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced a bill that would, if passed, remove the disparity by extending U.S. citizenship to foreign-born children adopted by Americans before the age of 18.
The family told KCTV before the ruling that they were planning to move the entire family to South Korea if Hyebin was going to be deported.
“I’m going to go back to Korea too. I can’t leave her,” Soo-Jinn Schreiber said.
However, it is also possible that a U.S. company could Hyebin a work visa, and “if all the procedures are passed correctly, then sooner or later she will be able to apply for citizenship,” explained the immigration service representative.
In a March interview with The Star, the father blamed himself for not fully researching the rules on adopting immigrants.
Looking back, he regretted not pursuing the adoption before time ran out. “I should have put my family ahead of the army,” he said.
As it is known, during her several years of study in Kansas, Hyebin has achieved great success and has repeatedly participated in experiments with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency has not yet commented on the actions of the U.S. Immigration service.
It is also known that the girl’s parents don’t plan to stop there, but intend to apply to the highest authorities to help the child stay in the country.
This report caused a storm of negative emotions from social network users. Some advise the family to leave the country, which is crumbling before our eyes. Others are extremely enraged over the given immigration policy laws, where small differences in age seem to restrict personal freedom.
“Trump’s immigration policy will sooner or later fail, he has to understand it,” said social network user “Jess Fry”.