My name is Frank and I was born in St. Kitts, West Indies in 1974. My birth mum died and my birth mum died and my birth father was never around. I was raised by my aunt until I left St. Kitts in 1987 to come to the US via a private adoption facilitated by a lawyer. I was adopted by an American family. In 1989, at the age of 15, I was given a final Order of Adoption, a Certificate of Adoption, and a New York birth certificate.

It never crossed my mind that I might not be a US citizen! I went to school, had a social security number, and my adoptive mother told me I was a citizen because she adopted me. In 2008, I got in trouble with the law and after serving my 6 months, ICE came. In March 2017, I was deported back to St. Kitts.

I have a 10 year old daughter who is left behind. It is so hard for me to be in a country that I left 30 years ago and do not know much about. The only life I have is in New York. I always thought I was a citizen because my adoption papers said, “Be regarded and treated in all respects as the lawful child of [adoptive parents].

Frank’s Story, New York

Updated on 2017-08-11T21:52:46+00:00, by Yongho Kim.