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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

14-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Runaway Deported

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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.

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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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