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US Citizen Teenager Deported to Colombia

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Oops! Our bad. From CNN:



A Dallas teenager who ran away from home more than a year ago somehow wound up deported to Colombia after U.S. authorities mistook the girl, who lacked identification, for a Colombian national.


Now her family is demanding to know why immigration authorities deported the teen -- a U.S. citizen with no knowledge of Spanish -- and why they simply took her at her word when she gave them a fake name.



ICE is investigating, but this is not exactly an isolated incident. There have been numerous other examples of citizen kids and mentally disabled adults who end up deported.

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  1. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    I guess now if you want a free ticket for a trip to any other country, you can get yourself arrested by immigration officials and visit that country. Taxpayers will then foot the punitive damage as well. Preference given to Hispanics. Fiji anyone??

    How about officials doing this mistake paying for the bill, lawyers, punitive damages etc, instead of taxpayers?
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    ICE not doing its work and we the taxpayers will end up paying for it!
  3. Don Miller's Avatar
    Ignorance again raises its ugly head. Cannot tell the difference between a black and a "hispanic"? Well, duh, lots of people in several latin american countries are indeed black (ever seen a major league baseball game?)and many Colombians are exactly that. As are many Venezuelans, Cubans, Dominicans, and others. Further, the girl insisted and continued to insist that she was Colombian. With no documentation to the contrary, what were the police to do? It was her choice, and choices have consequences. Wise up, kid!
  4. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    "Wise up, kid! "

    I can safely assume that you do not have kids or you do not sympathize with them.

    The story provided by ICE does not add up. First they do not find any record of this 14 year old girl but her name perfectly matches with a 22yr old hispanic woman wanted by interpol (one who has committed crime in several countries). Somehow this 15yr girl (who looks and talks black) is turned into 22yr old hispanic criminal.

    Then she is given an expedited passport (mind well, without any verification) by consulate in Houston, to land in Columbia and she is placed in welcome home program (where she is partying with adult men and is now pregnant). All this while she is he wanted by interpol for committing crimes in several countries?
  5. Don Miller's Avatar
    Nurse waiting...neither you nor I know the exact circumstances in this case, so we both are really just guessing. My point is, that the girl continued to give the ICE agents one name, which was identified as belonging to a Colombian illegal. She apparently had no documentation of any sort. She was also able somehow to convince the COLOMBIAN CONSUL that she was also of that nationality. Now, you may not believe this, but our law enforcement people are not stupid and neither are foreign consular officials, and no one wants to be punished for deporting a known American citizen. Look, if I have done something in violation of the law, like shoplifting, I might lie about my name to the cops at first, but this went on for days. And as soon as I realized I was about to be flown to some foreign country you can bet I'd be screaming my real name loud and clear, wouldn't you? Of course you would. As for mistaking her for a 22-year old...come on! It is next to imposssible to tell how old a teen-age girl is anymore, and remember, all they had apparently was her own story, no other documentation. There is, I agree, something very odd about this case, but I don't thing ICE is entirely to blame, if at all.
  6. nazanoble's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Miller
    Nurse waiting...neither you nor I know the exact circumstances in this case, so we both are really just guessing. My point is, that the girl continued to give the ICE agents one name, which was identified as belonging to a Colombian illegal. She apparently had no documentation of any sort. She was also able somehow to convince the COLOMBIAN CONSUL that she was also of that nationality. Now, you may not believe this, but our law enforcement people are not stupid and neither are foreign consular officials, and no one wants to be punished for deporting a known American citizen. Look, if I have done something in violation of the law, like shoplifting, I might lie about my name to the cops at first, but this went on for days. And as soon as I realized I was about to be flown to some foreign country you can bet I'd be screaming my real name loud and clear, wouldn't you? Of course you would. As for mistaking her for a 22-year old...come on! It is next to imposssible to tell how old a teen-age girl is anymore, and remember, all they had apparently was her own story, no other documentation. There is, I agree, something very odd about this case, but I don't thing ICE is entirely to blame, if at all.
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