04 January 2012

ICE deports citizen to Colombia, can't get her back

File this one under "oops." Also under "WTF, government."

ICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - accidentally deported a 14-year-old runaway.

They sent her 'back' to Colombia. You'd think that, somewhere, they might have noticed that she was African-American? Or didn't speak Spanish? Or that they would have taken any kind of measures to make sure that she was actually who they thought she was, as opposed to a scared kid who'd run away from home after her grandfather died and her parents divorced?

From the article:

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 Colombia, 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.

Right. So the 14-year-old girl gave the cops a fake name. The cops called immigration, who then didn't take any steps to confirm that she was who they thought she was, and just sent her to Colombia.

And now they can't get her back. The crazy thing? The girl's grandmother found her via Facebook. From the article:

Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.

U.S. Federal authorities got an address. U.S. Embassy officials in Colombia asked police to pick her up.

But that was a month ago, and the Colombian government now has her in a detention facility and won't release her, despite her family's request.

"I feel like she will come home," the grandmother said with tears in her eyes. "I just need help and prayer.”

...yeah. Good job, ICE. Way to keep us safe from the scary outsiders by deporting 14-year-old citizens. Well played.

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