Vet fights to keep adopted child from deportation

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April 2, 2018 - 11:00 PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple has filed a lawsuit in hopes of reversing federal immigration officials’ decision not to allow their adopted Korean-born daughter to become a U.S. citizen.

Army veteran Patrick Schreiber and his wife finalized their niece’s adoption in 2014 when she was 17, The Kansas City Star reported. She now studies at the University of Kansas but may soon be deported.

Schreiber said an adoption attorney informed him he had until his niece turned 18 to adopt her. But a federal statute says children brought into the country must be adopted before age 16 for access to U.S. citizenship.

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