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American teen, wrongly deported to Colombia, returns to U.S., family

January 07, 2012 (1 min read)

"A Texas teenager who was deported to Colombia after claiming to be an [unauthorized] immigrant was reunited with her family in the United States on Friday.  The 15-year-old girl is at the center of an international mystery over how a minor could be sent to a country where she is not a citizen.  Her family has questioned why U.S. officials didn’t do more to verify her identity and say she is not fluent in Spanish and had no ties to Colombia. While many facts of the case involving Jakadrien Lorece Turner remain unclear, U.S. and Colombian officials have pointed fingers over who is responsible.  Jakadrien arrived in Dallas on Friday evening and was reunited with her family." - AP, Jan. 6, 2012.