Deport Them All, Let God Sort Them Out

Jakadrien Turner ran away from her Dallas home two years ago. She was 14. She turned up last spring. Somewhere else.

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 Columbia, 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.

ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — deported an American citizen to Colombia. A young girl. Who doesn’t speak Spanish. And who isn’t even Latino.

Oh, and Colombia’s not giving her back. She’s in detention.

The Obama Administration deported a record 400,000 folks in 2011. Gotta hit those quotas.

Dallas teen missing since 2010 was mistakenly deported [WFAA]

Moderate upside? The economy in Colombia is arguably better than in US America, even the legal parts of it. Plus, they learn languages better when they’re young and in prison…/face::palm/

How Much Sexual Abuse Gets Lost in Detention?

ETA: “[T]he Obama administration excluded immigration detention centers from proposed rules to comply with PREA [the Prison Rape Elimination Act] earlier this year.”

The other side of the coin is the many missing African American girls who DON’T get wall-to-wall coverage on CNN. This case is just another cruel twist.

@matador1015: I think Jezebel has a name for it…Missing White Girl Syndrome?

[Asked friend for source — will post if it turns up] It appears that she chose deportation and never wanted to return to the US, because she was trying to escape her dysfunctional family here.

@JNOV is like, Peace?: What, she didn’t have a wardrobe with a portal to another land?

@JNOV is like, Peace?: Problem is, you can’t “choose” deportation if you’re a citizen. Plus, y’know, a minor.

@matador1015: Well, at least this one broke through the white fog. And the way human nature works — not just the media — it takes a single example to best illustrate a wider problem. Statistics blur. Faces don’t.

@nojo: Okay. I fucked up — friend says it looks like she “took advantage” of the process to escape. Friend’s not saying it’s cool that she was deported but that there seems to be a deeper back story. But as it stands, the back story doesn’t matter.

@JNOV is like, Peace?: Well, she did run away, and for all we know, the local story blurred the reason. So while not relevant to the point, it’s still a footnote.

And the point? Out of 400,000 deportations, how many others were screwed up? And how can we know unless Obama orders an immediate halt, with a thorough investigation of the past few years? I don’t see this as an exception, but a symptom — until conclusively shown otherwise.

@nojo: I totally agree. I watched the Frontline program to which I linked, and I was like, WTF?

@nojo: ICE rolled up at least one US American Hispanic here in Santa Fe on a deportation sweep. The feds put the burden on Homes to show their error.

The Santa Fe New Mexican:

Asked why Pincheira was included in this enforcement operation, Leticia Zamarripa, ICE spokeswoman, acknowledged that “no system is perfect,” but that “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens.”


I do think this guy has a malpractice claim against the immigration lawyer who prepared his family’s papers for naturalization and who failed to advise them to file a change of citizenship form.

I am very sure she was running away, but I don’t think that being mistaken for a Colombian and shipped out to a strange land was part of a 14-year-old’s original plan. It appears she did adapt somewhat to her new land, but the reasons for the detention are unclear.

However, no one seemed to ask so many questions about Natalee Holloway’s lifestyle. At least she was at the age of consent.

@redmanlaw: i have red hair and a stache. when i wear green, i can look all leprechaunish. if i visit new mexico or arizona, will they deport me to ireland and hook me up with a stunning irish lass and make me drink alot to re-inforce the stereotype? i’m cool with that as long as they don’t make me blow up no cars.


Like, oh, half my cousins. NojoBro and I narrowly escaped that gene.

@nojo: ICE down in SoCal deported a mentally retarded US citizen a few years ago, and so did ICE in Georgia. And the Obama Administration insists this is targeted on people with felony criminal records, but the numbers show otherwise.

You know what’s really sick? Is when a parent is deported and the local foster care system says the living conditions in the home country justify terminating a mother’s parental rights and putting the kids up for adoption by a US Amerikan family.

/off to make a martini

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