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Deported Teen Back On U.S. Soil

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.

January 6, 2012 9:25 PM