Was Superman an illegal alien?
- Anonymous3 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes, but maybe not.
The Johnson-Reed Act (1924), which is the immigration law that was in force in 1938 when the first issue of Superman came out, made getting a visa a requirement to immigrate and enacted immigration quotas for each country of origin. Krypton or any country on Krypton was not mentioned in the bill and so would have by default had a quota of zero, which would have made legal immigration for him impossible.
However, back then, a legally adopted child of American citizens was automatically a citizen. There was no immigration control when it came to adoption, so even if he arrived illegally, his adoption by the Kents would have made him a citizen. For example, if the Kents reported him as an abandoned child from whereabouts unknown, which he was, and petitioned the court to adopt him, much like if someone had left him in a basket on their doorstep and they chose to adopt him, lacking any claim by a natural parent or indication he was kidnapped rather than abandoned, the court would have ordered a new birth certificate be recorded in his county listing the Kents as his birth parents, for such was the process back then throughout the United States, to actually list adoptive parents on newly recorded birth certificates as the actual birth parents, making it next to impossible for anyone to be the wiser or for a child to ever even learn he was adopted unless his parents or someone told him he was, so if the Kents did that, then he, regardless of not having been born in the United States and not having been born to American citizens, would have been legally deemed a born citizen of the United States, not an alien nor even a naturalized citizen.
The fly in the ointment is someone having the adoption overturned on the basis of his not being a "child." Just like we cannot legally adopt animals because they are not human, one might convincingly argue that his not being human meant he failed to meet the definition of "child" under the law, thus creating a legal impediment to the adoption that would nullify it. However, it would require a higher court agreeing with that argument ruling to overturn the adoption and nullify the birth certificate, so absent such a ruling by a higher court, any adoption of him by the Kents would legally stand and would make him a born citizen of the United States, which seems more likely since no one knew Superman went by the name Clark Kent or that he was raised by human parents, much less know it was the Kents, which they would need to know in order to so overturn any legal adoption of him and citizenship flowing from it.
- MLv 53 years ago
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- Anonymous3 years ago
He was my lover & best friend.~*
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- JeffLv 43 years ago
no, he was formally adopted.