Bloggings On Deportation And Removal
14-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Runaway Deported
It has been reported that the Obama administration deported 14-year-old United States citizen runaway Jakadrien Turner to Columbia last April. Jakadrien doesn't speak Spanish.
Jakadrien ran away from home in late 2010 when her parents were going thorugh a divorce. She was picked up by Houston Police who turned her over to ICE after giving a fake name that matched a 22-year-old Columbian immigrant.
Although Jakadrien was fingerprinted, ICE didn't confirm her identity before shipping her to South America under an order of removal. Jakadrien's grandmother, Lorene Turner, responds: "How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything?"
ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale has assured that "ICE is fully and immediately investigating this matter in order to expeditiously determine the facts of this case.” Here's a thought, maybe ICE should have fully and immediately investigated the identify of a 14-year-old runaway before they deported her to a country where she doesn't even speak the language.
To add injury to injury, Jakadrien, now 15, is pregnant and is being held in a detention facility by the government of Columbia who refuse to release her, despite the family's pleas for her safe return.
Just one more victim of this administration's rush to deport as many people as humanly possible.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
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