Jakadrien Turner: Deported Texas Teen Returns to U.S. …from Colombia
I still haven’t figured out WHY she was sent to Colombia in the first place, but at least she’s back:
When she was arrested on April 2, 2011, for misdemeanor theft, she told Houston police her name was Tika Lanay Cortez, a Colombian woman born in 1990.
Unable to determine her true identity or immigration status, officials at Houston’s Harris County Jail handed the teen over the federal immigration officials.
They said they found nothing to indicate that Jakadrien wasn’t a Colombian woman, and that the teen claimed to be Cortez throughout the criminal proceedings in Houston and federal deportation process.
An immigration judged remanded Jakadrien to Colombia, where officials provided her with the necessary travel document and declared her a citizen.
And she didn’t even speak Spanish.
According to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the girl was enrolled in the country’s “Welcome Home” program after she arrived there.
She was given shelter, psychological assistance and a job at a call center, a statement from the agency said. Her lawyer said she she’d been placed under detention.
Jakadrien even posted her Colombian job in her Facebook page. That’s how her grandmother found her!