First we start off with a weird story:
“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.
“They didn’t do their work,” Turner said. “How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything?”
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.
“I feel like she will come home,” the grandmother said with tears in her eyes. “I just need help and prayer.”
There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national. Immigration officials are investigating and released a statement late Tuesday.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Things started to go wrong for young Jakadrien when she decided to run away from home. I’m gonna make a wild guess and say that there was probably a little bit more to this story than her being “distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce.”
We aren’t told where she was or what she was doing until she gets arrested for theft 250 miles away in Houston. We also don’t know who she was with or how long she was gone before she got arrested. But when she is arrested she gives a fake name. This was her third mistake.
It’s fairly common for people to lie about their identity to the cops. But when the fake name turns out to have warrants it usually jogs the person’s memory. This is where it gets weird.
All Jakadrien had to do was give the cops her real name and it would take two seconds for them to confirm she was a runaway. Did she tell the police or the ICE agents her real name? Did she say anything at all during the deportation process? If not, why not?
So she gets deported to Columbia where she is issued a work card and is cleaning houses until her grandmother locates her via Facebook? Jakadrien has a Facebook account in Columbia and she isn’t contacting anyone back home? WTF?
But this is a massive error. ICE is supposed to base their deportations on fingerprint matches. In this case, they based it off this fake name. Jakadrien’s identity was never confirmed. She’s African-American, not Hispanic. She doesn’t even speak Spanish.
Sorry Dave, but not everyone has fingerprints in the system that can be matched against. Lots of people in Columbia (as well as other parts of Central and South America) are of African descent. Many illegals don’t speak Spanish because they came here as little kids and grew up speaking English.
Here’s the big question: Why hasn’t Columbia sent her home yet?
Cases like this one don’t prove anything, except maybe you shouldn’t run away from home, steal and lie to the cops.
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