Kairi Abha Shepherd's adoptive mother died when she was 8-years-old, never having filed citizenship paperwork.
The appellate court earlier this month upheld an immigration court's ruling that Shepherd, now 30, is too old to qualify for automatic citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 that applies to children from foreign countries who are adopted by Americans.
Shepherd has no family or contacts in India. ICE officials say a prior felony conviction for forgery make her an enforcement priority.
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5/27/2012 2:28:53 PM (GMT -6:00)