A 15-year-old girl, Jakadrien Turner, has returned to Texas after being mistakenly deported to Colombia. The teen had run away from her home in November 2010 and was arrested in Houston, Texas in April 2011. Turner was arrested for theft and told authorities that her name was Tika Cortez. She had no identification leading the authorities to believe that was her actual name. Turner also told authorities that she was an illegal immigrant from Colombia for reasons that are not yet clear to anyone.
Turner was put through the court system and was deemed to be an illegal immigrant from Colombia, and as a result she was deported. It is shocking that a 15-year-old girl was able to conceal her identity from the government without being found out, but The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency claims that they did all of the proper searches and were somehow unable to come up with any information about the teen.
Photographs of Turner have surfaced that show the teen partying and smoking marijuana. In addition, unbeknownst to her mother and grandmother, Turner was also pregnant. These photographs surfaced on Facebook, indicating to many that maybe it was a call for help and Turner had wanted to be found. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Columbia and Columbian officials worked together to find Turner and bring this case to resolution.
Turner’s attorney, Ray Jackson, says that they will be bringing suit against all of the agencies that were in contact with Turner. Jackson claims that there are civil rights violations in issue due to the mistaken deportation.
This case leaves many questions wide open. How did a teenager successfully conceal her identity from both U.S. and Columbian officials? Why would this teen want to be deported to Columbia? Were Turners civil rights violated, considering that she told the police she was an illegal immigrant from Columbia?