Humans of Ada

%22It+feels+no+different+to+be+a+citizen.+Really+I+was+one+before+I+just+didn%27t+have+the+paper+work+to+prove+it.+The+process+of+becoming+a+citizen%2C+well%2C+it%27s+a+lot+paper+work+and+they+have+to+process+it+and+then+you+go+take+the+oath+for+your+citizenship.+And+a+fun+fact+is+like+everyone+that+was+at+the+swear+in+were+all+Chinese+kids+that+had+there+citizenship+taken+away.+The+reason+I+got+my+citizenship+taken+was+because+over+the+years+since+I+was+adopted+there+was+a+time+from+1996-2006+that+was+the+grandfather+period.+So+we+were+all+grandfathered+in.+Basically+when+you+are+an+international+adoption%2C+when+you+touch+U.S+soil+you+are+automatically+a+citizen+but+they+never+gave+paper+work+to+prove+it.+I+was+really+angry+because+I+tried+to+get+an+Oklahoma+licences+transfer+from+New+York+and+for+some+reason+they+wouldn%27t+do+a+transfer.+They+said+I+had+to+retake+my+road+test+and+I+didn%27t+think+that+was+a+big+deal.+I+went+to+take+my+road+test+and+they+said+I+couldn%27t+because+I+didn%27t+have+proof+that+I+was+a+citizen+and+that+was+a+huge+set+back+on+me+and+I+felt+really+bad+for+my+mom+because+she+had+to+drive+me+around+all+of+the+time+and+I+needed+to+start+depended+on+other+people+all+the+time+for+rides.+It+sucked+because+I+didn%27t+want+to+have+to+take+time+out+of+someone+else%27s+day+but+they+were+nice+enough+to+help+me+out.%22+Deborah+Thornton.

Photo: Cheyene Howell

“It feels no different to be a citizen. Really I was one before I just didn’t have the paper work to prove it. The process of becoming a citizen, well, it’s a lot paper work and they have to process it and then you go take the oath for your citizenship. And a fun fact is like everyone that was at the swear in were all Chinese kids that had there citizenship taken away. The reason I got my citizenship taken was because over the years since I was adopted there was a time from 1996-2006 that was the grandfather period. So we were all grandfathered in. Basically when you are an international adoption, when you touch U.S soil you are automatically a citizen but they never gave paper work to prove it. I was really angry because I tried to get an Oklahoma licences transfer from New York and for some reason they wouldn’t do a transfer. They said I had to retake my road test and I didn’t think that was a big deal. I went to take my road test and they said I couldn’t because I didn’t have proof that I was a citizen and that was a huge set back on me and I felt really bad for my mom because she had to drive me around all of the time and I needed to start depended on other people all the time for rides. It sucked because I didn’t want to have to take time out of someone else’s day but they were nice enough to help me out.” Deborah Thornton.