Jan 4, 2012



Every now and then you run across a story in the news that puts fiction to shame. This is one of those stories. Jakadrien Turner was a 15 year old runaway from Dallas who was mistakenly deported to Colombia by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

The teen was discovered in Colombia where she was working as a cleaner. She's also pregnant

Here is how the story is being reported at TheGrio:

An African-American teen from Dallas who has been missing since 2010 was found to have been wrongfully deported to Colombia, area outlet News 8 reports. Jakadrien Turner was mistakenly deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in April of 2011 after being arrested as a teen runaway.

The troubled youth had fled her family at the age of 14 under duress caused by the death of her grandfather and her parents' divorce. Having made her way to Houston, Jakadrien was brought into police custody for theft, where she gave a fake name. That name coincidentally belonged to a Colombian illegal immigrant who had warrants out for her arrest.

Jakadrien was deported to Colombia at the age of 15 by ICE after being fingerprinted, which should have clarified the girl's true identity. How she, as an African-American speaking no Spanish, was able to be deported failing the confirmation of her foreign national status remains a matter for further ICE investigation.

The Colombian government has refused to release the girl to her family in the United States.

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