Deportation of U.S. Teen to Colombia Latest Failure of Immigration System



The family of a Dallas teenager Jakadrien Turner is demanding answers after she was deported to Colombia, despite the fact that she is a U.S. citizen and speaks no Spanish. Turner, a 15-year-old African-American runaway, was living in Houston when she was arrested for shoplifting and gave police a fake name that belonged to a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant from Colombia with warrants for her arrest. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) reportedly discovered Turner’s fingerprints did not match those of the Colombian national’s, but deported her anyway. “The country has no idea that we have got a rogue police force. That rogue police force is called ICE,” says Ralph Isenberg, a Dallas businessman who has become an advocate for immigrants. “I’m hoping that Black America — who have a history of understanding the destruction of our families, because of what slavery has done to our families — will at some point wake up and understand that the problem of immigrants is something we can not ignore,” adds Dallas Reverend Peter Johnson, a longtime civil rights advocate who has worked with the Turner family. Democracy Now! also speaks with Jacqueline Stevens, a political science professor at Northwestern University who recently published an exhaustive report on U.S. citizens who have been detained and deported.

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