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Texas Teen Accidentally Deported

By: Rebecca Lopez Email
By: Rebecca Lopez Email

DALLAS, TX 1/05/2011 --

A Texas teenager is trapped in a foreign country after she lied to authorities. The US government mistakenly deported the 14-year-old girl. The teen apparently gave police a fake name. When officers ran the name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia who had warrants for her arrest.

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.

Through her granddaughter's Facebook messages, Lorena Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down. US federal authorities got an address. US 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 locked detention facility and won't release her, despite her family's request.

There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national. ICE is not answering any questions for now, but says it is looking into the matter.

Turner started searching for her granddaughter in the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home.

The girl was reportedly distraught over her grandfather's death and her parents' divorce.


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