Tell I.C.E. Not to Deport Woman Adopted from Korea as Baby
  • Petitioned John Morton

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I.C.E. Director
John Morton

Tell I.C.E. Not to Deport Woman Adopted from Korea as Baby

    1. Nadra Kareem Nittle
    2. Petition by

      Nadra Kareem Nittle

      Los Angeles, CA

In Arizona, a mother of three sits in a federal detention center awaiting deportation. The woman, known as “Seo,” isn’t in the country illegally. In fact, she was adopted at the age of eight months old from Korea. So, why does Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plan to deport her? Because Seo, who’s not a naturalized citizen despite being an adoptee, has been convicted of theft twice.

Immigration law stipulates that legal residents, which Seo is, can be deported to their countries of birth if they’re sentenced to serve more than a year of jail time. After being convicted of theft in 2008 and in 2009, Seo was ordered to serve a year-and-a-half in jail. This led ICE officials to begin deportation proceedings against her. The Korean Consulate, however, is asking ICE to reconsider deporting Seo. After all, she hasn’t been in Korea since birth, knows no one there and doesn’t speak the language. Moreover, she’s a single mother, and her three children would likely end up in the child welfare system in her absence.

Given this, it’s inhumane for ICE to deport Seo. She’s completely ill equipped for life in Korea, and her little ones would be left to fend for themselves in the U.S.  if she’s sent away. Tell ICE not to take this mother away from her children.



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Single Mother of Three Faces Deportation Due to Outdated Adoption Laws

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Since 2004, any child adopted into the United States by American parents receives automatic citizenship. Unfortunately, while the immigration system has no problem removing legal permanent residents who served time years or decades before a law was...

    3. I.C.E. to Deport Arizonan Adopted in Infancy From Korea

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      A 31-year-old mother of three adopted as a baby from Korea may soon be deported. Known as “Seo,” the woman is in custody at a federal detention center in Arizona after being convicted of theft for the second time, according to the Korea Times....


    Reasons for signing

    • Carrie Przybilla ATLANTA, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      Given the number of adoptive families that include one or more children born in another country, the story of Seo is terrifying. What kind of cruel place is Arizona?

    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      it really sounds like we need to tell ICE to grow a few brain cells & use them! They must be "competent" in their over zealousness.., boy our federal government is really filled w/ a bunch of scare is that?

    • Scott Craig SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      How can we do this? If she's done a crime, she should go to jail, which she did. We can't be deporting people who were brought here as babies! We can't be breaking up families, and forcing people to go back to a country they know nothing of. This is an absolute travesty. We should be ashamed of America, if this is the best we can do.

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      • over 3 years ago

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    • Angela Kirby SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      ok, while i am against illegal immigration, this is just insane. she might as well have been born here. and she was brought here and ADOPTED. that should count. she wasn't a product of illegal aliens, someone chose to bring her here. that means like it or not, we as americans are responsible for her. she deserves to stay.


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