Target: U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Goal: Investigate the deportation of 14-year-old American citizen Jakadrien Turner
In the fall of 2010, 14-year-old Jakadrien Turner went missing in Dallas, Texas. With the help of Dallas Police, Lorene Turner — Jakadrien’s grandmother — found her in Colombia, to which she had apparently been deported by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE deported Jakadrien without confirming her identity, and she is now in a Colombian prison. This colossal mix-up is unacceptable.
In 2010, Jakadrien ran away from home while distraught over her parents’ divorce and the loss of her grandfather. Apparently, Jakadrien ended up in Houston, where she was arrested for theft. She gave the Houston Police a fake name, which belonged to a 22-year-old Colombian illegal immigrant with warrants out for her arrest.
This is where ICE stepped in. Apparently, ICE took Jakadrien’s fingerprints, but did not confirm her identity before deporting her to Colombia. There, she was given a work card, and released. Still so much is unknown about how Jakadrien — an African-American with no knowledge of Spanish — was deported to Columbia. By signing this petition, you are demanding an investigation into, and repercussions for, this egregious error.
Dear United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement,
The accidental deportation of Jakadrien Turner to Colombia is simply unacceptable. No matter the situation, a 14-year-old African American with no Spanish knowledge should not end up being sent back to Columbia, especially without verification that she is who she says she is. I am writing you this letter today to demand an internal investigation, and repercussions, for this mistake.
The fact that Jakadrien gave Houston Police a fake name that matched that of an illegal Colombian immigrant does not absolve the person responsible. Jakadrien was only 14 at the time, and she does not speak any Spanish. The ICE must get to the bottom of this egregious error.
[Your Name Here]
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