According to CNN, here’s what happened:
“Allie may be forced to leave the country because U.S. immigration officials are questioning the legitimacy of the Guatemala native’s adoption by her parents, Lori and Scott Mulvihill, in 1994.
When the Mulvihills brought their then 2-year-old daughter to their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, they believed she would be granted citizenship.
But U.S. immigration officials questioned whether the woman who gave Allie up for adoption in Guatemala was really her biological mother.” — From CNN, July 11, 2008
What has happened is that the U.S. government is demanding that the family find the biological mother of the child and prove she legitimately gave her up. The family says that this is impossible. Which makes perfect sense — it’s going to be hard for anyone to find her 15 years later.
Without understanding the details of immigration law, common sense would dictate that the U.S. government had their chance to dispute the adoption when they brought the child home. What’s outrageous is the idea that the government will not allow a readoption of the child given these circumstances.
She has two loving adoptive parents who are U.S. citizens. She wants to stay and Guatemala is not disputing her adoption. Her birth mother cannot be found.
What possible good can come of deporting this child? There are so many people who blatantly violate U.S. immigration laws and nothing happens. In this case, the parents are attempting to comply with the laws and yet their child is facing possible deportation. This is unjust.