Teenager Missing Since 2010 Was Accidentally Deported To Colombia
A truly bizarre story from Dallas that, quite honestly, raises questions about the entire immigration system:
DALLAS – “It’s very frustrating,” Lorene Turner said.
She has spent hours on Facebook trying to find her granddaughter, Jakadrien.
“Once I get home I am up until 3 or 4 in the morning searching and looking,” Turner said. “It’s all I can think about. Finding my baby.”
Turner has been searching for Jakadrien since the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home. She was 14 years old and distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce.
Turner searched for months for a clue.
“God just kept leading me,” she said. “I wake up in the middle of the night and do whatever God told me to do, and I found her.”
Turner said with the help of Dallas Police, she found her granddaughter in the most unexpected place – Colombia.
Where she had mistakenly been deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in April of 2011.
How, exactly, could a minor who had been reported missing in 2010 end up getting deported almost a year later? Well…..
News 8 learned that Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name. When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia, who had warrants for her arrest.
So ICE officials stepped in.
News 8 has learned ICE took the girl’s fingerprints, but somehow didn’t confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her.
“She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was,” Turner said.
Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.
U.S. Federal authorities got an address. U.S. Embassy officials in Colombia asked police to pick her up.
But that was a month ago, and the Colombian government now has her in a detention facility and won’t release her, despite her family’s request.
So a 14 year old runaway gives the cops a fake name. Not exactly an uncommon occurrence one would think. Somehow, that also happens to be the name of an illegal immigrant. They hand her over to ICE, but ICE never bothers to verify her identiy and instead just dumps her in Colombia. Bizzare to say the least.
And then there are the actions of Colombia itself, which is apparently refusing to release someone who is at least a legal resident of the United States and may be a citizen (the article is not clear on whether Jakadrien was born in the United States)? What’s up with that?