A black teenage runaway was recently deported to Colombia, in spite of being an American citizen. Shocking you might say, but the rocket scientist teenager decided when arrested for theft to give a false name, which turned out to be that of a Colombian national wanted for other crimes, presumably in Colombia, but there are no details as yet. The rocket scientist also decided to go through with the criminal and immigration processes without telling her mother or grandmother that she was arrested, who were allegedly concerned, or tell her attorney her real name.
WFAA.com January 4, 2011
DALLAS — Johnessa Turner hasn't seen her 15-year-old daughter Jakadrien in more than a year. "It was definitely a hard time," she said. "This has been going on for so long... it's still hard."
Jakadrien ran away in November 2010 and ended up deported to Colombia by mistake...
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that deported Jakadrien, denies any wrongdoing. ICE said the teen gave police a false name when she was arrested in Houston for theft in April. Not even Jakadrien's defense attorney knew her real name.
ICE said it tried to verify her identity through fingerprints and database searches, and nothing raised a red flag.
But how did a 15-year-old girl fool police, federal officials and a judge?
Her mother is just as puzzled.
Well, since she lied and continued to lie, there is really no surprise.
"She was a mature girl, but Jakadrien was a good girl," Johnessa Turner said. "She was responsible, respectful, started going through regular teenage things."
Mature, but not very bright, unless she really did not want to let mom in on the truth for some reason. Perhaps a trip to Colombia was an escape for her. Or she got caught in her spiral of lies and could not get out even with the truth at the end. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we act to deceive.
And from another story:
WFAA.com January 4, 2011 by Rebecca Lopez
As News 8 reported, immigrantion officials mistakenly deported the teenager after she gave them the wrong name. That name came back to an illegal immigrant from Colombia who was wanted by international police on warrants.
"They didn't do their work," Lorene Turner asserted. "How do you deport a 15-year-old and send her to Colombia without a passport... without anything?"
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is investigating this case and takes it very seriously. The agency said it attempted to verify Jakadrien's identity before she was deported and found nothing that would make them doubt the fake name and age she had provided to authorities.
But let us go through the steps to be arrested, charged, handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and be deported.
First, at her arrest, she gave a name that was not hers. Clearly she did not want to be found out as a juvenile runaway or there was some other reason that caused her to not use her real name.
Why she chose this as yet unknown Hispanic name to give to the police after her criminal arrest, one does not know. Perhaps she has a juvenile criminal record and did not want that discovered? We just do not know.
Next, she was appointed a free attorney in the criminal case. For some reason she did not tell her attorney her real name. That means she was very serious about hiding her identity. Which makes one suspicious that she did not want to go home for some reason. A very serious reason. One can imagine what that was as there is no mention of her father. Perhaps mom's boyfriend...
It is not clear what happened in the criminal case, dismissed, time served, the story just does not say.
Then she is placed in removal proceedings. She is interviewed by an ICE officer, either a Deportation Officer or an Immigration Enforcement Officer. They ask a series of questions mandated by policy and placed in a Form I-867AB, Record of Sworn Statement. On that form they ask the subject their name, date of birth, citizenship, names and citizenship of their parents and grandparents, among other things. Clearly she did not tell the truth for some reason.
Now Houston is in Harris County, a 287(g) Sheriff's Office, so the forms may have been prepared by a Harris County deputy sheriff, but the forms were reviewed by a Supervisory Deportation Officer. Other forms are created summarizing the facts of the case, such as Form I-213, Record of Deportable Alien, which are reviewed by the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Deputy Field Office Director before the alien is ordered removed.
Then the subject is give a choice to leave voluntarily or have a hearing before a judge. A judge is mentioned, but it is not clear if the judge was in the criminal process, a judge or magistrate in a criminal court, or a judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), part of the Department of Justice.
It is clear though that she did not make a claim of being an American citizen in the process. Perhaps because she was in too deep in her web of lies, or more likely she just did not care.
The next part is the actual removal, which, in fact, does require the consent of the Colombian government. Aliens are not removed, except to Canada and Mexico, without travel documents issued by the country to which the alien is removed. So she would have had to affirmed to the Colombian government that she was the the person in question.
Perhaps she thought that she could get out of the criminal charges in the United States by claiming to be an alien and instead of prosecution, just accept deportation.
The important fact is that she did not just tell one lie one time. She created and repeated a whole series of lies. Why, we do not know. But there is a reason. Stupidity is one.
Clearly she is either not very bright, or too clever by half. Time will tell. But this wasn't a result of mistakes by ICE, it is all her own making.