Friday, January 6, 2012

Jakadrien Turner the Dallas teenager convinced the government she was an illegal immigrant to get deported and wound up pregnant and imprisoned

An American teenager managed to convince police, a court judge and U.S. immigration that she was an illegal immigrant before having herself deported to Colombia.

Jakadrien Turner, 15, ran away from home in Dallas, Texas in November 2010 after becoming distraught over the death of her grandfather and parents' divorce.

She was arrested in Houston for theft in April last year. The teenager, then 14, gave officers a fake name - Tika Lanay Cortez - claiming she was a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia.

She was convicted of theft under the name Cortez. Her defense attorney also believed that to be her true identity.

While serving time in prison, she was referred to the State Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who she also convinced that she came from Colombia.

After a thorough investigation, it was decided she would be deported. However prior to this, she was also interviewed by the Colombian Consulate who agreed that she was a Colombian citizen and approved paperwork for her.

The 15-year-old was then deported to Bogota where she was given full Colombian citizenship, work permit and released. Miss Turner, who reportedly speaks no Spanish, ended up working as a housemaid. Read More