14 Year-Old American Deported to Columbia

From this WFAA article out of Dallas/Ft. Worth:

Turner has been searching for Jakadrien since the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home. She was 14 years old and distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce.

Turner searched for months for a clue.

Turner said with the help of Dallas Police, she found her granddaughter in the most unexpected place - Colombia.

Where she had mistakenly been deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in April of 2011.

Jakadrien ended up in Houston, was then arrested for theft, then gave the police a fake name which happened to belong to an illegal immigrant from Colombia that had outstanding warrants.  Despite taking Jakadrien's fingerprints, ICE failed to confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia.

There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national. Immigration officials are investigating and released a statement late Tuesday.

"ICE takes these allegations very seriously," said ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale. " At the direction of [the Department of Homeland Security], ICE is fully and immediately investigating this matter in order to expeditiously determine the facts of this case."

ICE officials also noted there have been instances where ICE has seen cases of individuals providing inaccurate information regarding who they are and their immigration status for ulterior motives.

If ICE has experienced instances where individuals pose as someone else, then you'd think they'd be extra careful about confirming identities before they deport a child! 

This is yet another case of government gone wild. This is what happens when the philosophy of a culture declines. This is what happens when ignorant masses vote in and support a corrupt government.  This is why it's so important to understand what individual rights are and why they must be protected by a moral government.

The good news is that ignorant masses can be educated, but you cannot rely on the government to do it.  If you or someone you know needs to learn more about individual rights or a moral, proper government, please check out Ayn Rand's essay Man's Rights or the book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

(H/T to Trey Peden for linking me to this story.)

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