TX: Mom of teen who was mistakenly deported files federal suit

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May 24, 2012

By Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com

The mother of a 15-year-old Texan girl who was mistakenly deported to Colombia has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

In the suit, Johnisa Turner contends that her daughter, Jakadrien Turner, now 16, gave police officers a false name – Tika Cortez – when she was arrested on April 2, 2011, for shoplifting, a lie that triggered a series of events that landed her in Colombia’s capital city, where she lived in shelters for seven months and became pregnant.

Unbeknownst to Jakadrien, a 22-year-old Colombian named Tika Cortez was in the system — court documents do not specify whether she was wanted by Colombian authorities or had been flagged as being in the United States illegally.

Jakadrien’s mother says her daughter’s false claim should not have mattered. Jakadrien was listed on the National Child Runaway list and her birth certificate is filed in Texas. Additionally, Johnisa Turner says, her daughter is African American, does not speak Spanish and appeared to be a younger teenager.

According to court documents: “Knowing it’s commonplace for people who come in contact with ICE officials to sometimes give a fake name in order to avoid more serious punishment, it is still unclear why ICE officials failed to confirm (Jakadrien’s) identity with fingerprint analysis, genetically-specific markers that suggest a person’s origin, or other methods more definitive than just having a name and no documentation proof of her alleged Colombian citizenship during these hearings.”

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