- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An adoptee facing deportation to his birth country has made his initial appearance before an immigration judge in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Crapser came to the United States from South Korea when he was 3 years old, but his adoptive parents never sought citizenship for him. That made him eligible for deportation after he was later convicted of a felony.

Crapser told reporters after Thursday’s brief hearing that he’s done his time in prison, turned his life around and wants to stay in the only country he knows.

Crapser turned 40 on Thursday. He says he’ll never survive in a country where he doesn’t speak the language, and he doesn’t want to be torn from his wife and children.

Judge Michael Bennett set Crapser’s next court date for June 18.

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