Deported Teen Back On U.S. Soil

    Image #: 16455837    Jakadrien Turner is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Colombian authorities said they are to hand over the 15-year-old Texas girl to U.S. officials on January 6, 2012 to be reunited with her family, nine months after she was deported to South America in a bizarre mix-up. REUTERS/International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS       Reuters /HANDOUT /LANDOV

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    A Dallas girl who was mistakenly deported to Colombia by U.S. officials was returned home Friday. Jakadrien Turner, 15, flew to Atlanta before heading home to Texas.  Turner ran away from home in the fall of 2010 and was removed from the country when she was arrested in Houston for theft and told authorities she was an adult from Colombia, despite the fact that she lacked proper identification. Turner’s family plans to sue Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which says authorities believed her story because she maintained her false identity throughout the deportation process. Her family countered that the agency’s argument lacks credibility, since it took her fingerprints but failed to match them to the name she gave.

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