U.S. judge deporting man to South Korea after he was adopted 38 years ago

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TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Oregon is deporting a man who was adopted 38 years ago.

Adam Crasper and his sister were adopted from South Korea when he was three. The siblings were later abandoned and split up.

Crasper was adopted again, but that couple turned out to be abusive.

When he was a teenager, he did jail time for breaking into their house.

"I wanted my adoption papers. I wanted my rubber shoes and Bible from South Korea," Crasper told KCPQ.

That was the start of several run-ins with the law.

He's now married, with four kids, and a barber shop.

But he just found out that he is not a United States citizen because his adoptive parents never filed the paperwork.

Immigration officials flagged him when he applied for a green card. That's when a judge chose to deport him because of his criminal record.

"I had 50,000 signatures on a petition to keep me here; they didn’t look at any of it, just my criminal record,” Crapser said.

There is a federal law that gives adopted children automatic citizenship, but it does not apply to adoptions before 1983.

Crasper is now in a private immigration prison.

He could be sent to South Korea this week.