No one ever sought U.S. citizenship for Crapser, the AP reported. He and his older sister were adopted by Americans in Michigan, who later abandoned them when the family moved to Oregon. The siblings then were separated and sent to live in foster and group homes.
When Crapser was 12, he was adopted by parents in Oregon who assaulted him and other children in their care, the Chicago Tribune reported. His adoptive parents were convicted of multiple crimes. Crapser eventually left the home and was arrested after he broke in to retrieve some of his belongings from his orphanage in South Korea, Walls said.
Crapser caught the attention of federal immigration authorities after he applied for a green card and they saw his criminal record.
Walls told the Chicago Tribune that she was “astonished” that the history of Crapser’s abuse “carried relatively little weight in the decision that the immigration court made.”
Crapser's birth mother, Kwon Pil-ju, is trying to learn English so she can communicate with her son, the New York Times reported.
“I have so much to tell him, especially how sorry I am,” she told the Times. “But I am at a loss, because I don’t know English and he can’t speak Korean.”
Walls said Crapser’s mother is disabled, has a low income "and can't be much help for him."
"I spoke with Adam a couple of days ago," Walls told the Chicago Tribune. "He was trying to stay positive, but I mean it was clear talking to him that he was scared. He's going to a country where he can't even read the street signs."