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Adoptee trapped by conflicting laws

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Adoptee trapped by conflicting laws
SHELBY, Mich., Feb. 17 (UPI) --

"An all-American girl" could be deported to Italy, a country she left as a baby, because her parents were unable to adopt her legally until she was 18.

Maria Messina, who has lived in Michigan's Macomb County since she was 28 days old, was caught between conflicting federal and state laws, the Detroit News reported. Her birth mother, who surrendered her when she was born and agreed to let her adoptive parents take her to the United States, objected three years later to the adoption....

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