‘Total scam’: ‘They put all of this money up, and it doesn’t help them at all’
Adult immigrants in Northern California are being adopted by American families with the promise of gaining U.S. citizenship, KCRA Investigates has learned.
Hundreds of immigrants from Sacramento to Marin County are shelling out $5,000 to $10,000 each for the chance to be adopted. Behind it all is a Sacramento nonprofit called Americans Helping America Chamber of Commerce Agency.
The concept of adult adoption leading to citizenship has spread through word of mouth and at churches within Northern California’s Latino and Hispanic communities. But a KCRA 3 Investigation reveals, while adult adoption is legal, it has no effect on citizenship status.
“He told me about this program, you know, to be adopted,” said Marvin DeLeon, a Guatemalan immigrant.
DeLeon is one of an untold number of people who thought they found a path to U.S. citizenship.
According to videos on its website, Americans Helping America offers programs to help immigrants become citizens and start businesses. A center piece of its work is adult adoption.Read the rest of the story HERE and view a related video below:
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