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USCIS Responds to Tsunami Crises and Americanís Desire to Adopt


Jan 10, 2005

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has announced that while Americansí intentions are admirable, offering to adopt children from tsunami crises areas is a bit premature. The USCISís statement says that experts believe that it is better for children to remain in the area with family members or neighbors than to uproot the child completely. Moreover, the governments of the affected countries would need to make the children available for adoption and so far no such action has taken place. On January 4, 2005, Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) introduced H.R. 60, a bill to render nationals from affected countries eligible for temporary protected status. The bill has been referred to the House of Representativeís Judiciary Committee.

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