Kristy Collins

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Kristy Collins

Houston, TX

When I was 3 years old, my mother met my father in Berlin, Germany while he was based at Tempelhof. My mother was a Dutch citizen but a Permanent Resident of the US from previous US marriages. My father was a US Army Soldier. He is and always will be the most amazing man in my life. After knowing me and my family (1 brother, 1 sister), he decided to take all four of us to America so I would have a better life. My siblings were by birth American. My mother told him she would get all the papers ready. She never did.

Fast forward over 20 years later to 2011, and I just moved to Texas with my husband. By this time, I have gained a Social Security card, graduated from a State University, served in the US Navy (albeit briefly), paid my taxes, and every other American thing one can do.

I was rejected at the DPS for a driver’s license because my Report of Birth Abroad is a fake. News to me. I knew my dad wasn’t my biological dad, but I thought my mom got legal papers to say he was. After talking to a lawyer and 3 non-stop days of personal research, I have discovered that my mother erased all traces of American contact from me because she did not want my biological father finding me. I have a legal German birth certificate, but that does not grant me German citizenship either.

Now, with the help of family and many wonderful loving friends, I am waiting to find out if I have Dutch citizenship through my mother. I have friends who are willing to legally adopt me, friends who have called every lawyer they know, every genealogist they can think of, I even have an amazing friend who is set on moving with me wherever I go- How can anyone sit there and tell me that my life had been a complete lie when I have friends like that? When I have a REAL father who is willing to move to another continent to stay near me, a husband who has calculated the financial cost of selling everything and getting overseas as fast as he can if I get deported, and a family who will not let me go? My name is Kristy Lagemann Collins. I was born Kristy Tummers, and I AM an American.

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