skip to main content

H.R. 1593: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021

Call or Write Congress

About the bill

In the words of Zach Galifianakis, “At what age do you tell a highway it was adopted?”


If an American couple or individual adopts a child from another country and raises them in the U.S., it doesn’t automatically guarantee that child citizenship. Last year, the New York Times profiled a 29-year-old woman who received a deportation order by the federal government to return to Mexico, despite not having lived here since she was three days old.

Many of these adoptees don’t even know that they are citizens of another country, assuming for years or even decades that surely they must be U.S. citizens until they realize otherwise, such as when they try to vote for the first time or obtain a passport.

The Child Citizenship Act …

Sponsor and status

Adam Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 3, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 3, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


63 Cosponsors (32 Republicans, 31 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 3, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
Passed Committee

Passed House

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 1593 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1593. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“H.R. 1593 — 117th Congress: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021.” 2021. August 18, 2022 <>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from, the official portal of the United States Congress. is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.