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American Teen Deported To Colombia By US Government

American Teen Deported To Colombia By US Government

A troubled American teenager runs away from home and gets in trouble with the law. She gives the police a phoney name. Then she gets deported. What?

15-year-old Jakadrien Turner went missing from her Dallas, Texas home in November of 2010. Her grandfather had recently died and her parents were going through a divorce, and Jakadrien was not dealing well with the fallout. She ran away. She was arrested in Houston in April of 2011 for theft. Instead of giving her real name, however, she gave authorities a false one — Tika Lanay Cortez — and stuck to it. She told the authorities she was 21 and from Colombia. The authorites believed her, despite the fact that she didn’t speak a word of Spanish. She convinced both US Immigration and, incredibly, the Colombian authorities that she was Colombian Tika Cortez and allowed herself to be convicted of theft — and deported. She was given papers upon arrival in Colombia and, amazingly, set up a new life.

Her grandmother Lorene Turner, however, never gave up on finding her, and prowled Facebook relentlessly until she came upon the profile for one Tika SoloToolonq — who wore her granddaughter Jakadrien’s face. Tika SoloToolonq lived in Bogota, held various jobs — and was pregnant.

Mrs Turner contacted the US government to alert them that it appeared that her 15-year-old American granddaughter was living in Bogota. The US Government in turn contacted Colombian authorities and requested they question the girl.  Tika, or Jakadrien, was immediately taken into custody  – a month ago — and has been in a detention center ever since. Her mother now says that the girl is returning to the US this evening, where she is bound to face many questions — and also a huge hug from her relieved grandmother.

This case is exceptionally troubling. Aside from the fact that Jakadrien must be one heck of a stellar actress, it is baffling to wonder how American authorities could confuse an African-American teenager for a native Colombian, especially when she didn’t speak Spanish. Worse, how could Colombian officials do the same? What does it say about exactly how well Immigration authorities are investigating supposed “illegals”? And most troubling, what does it say about how seriously America takes missing children cases, especially when the child isn’t white, blonde or from an affluent family?

Nothing good.


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11:38AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

This is weird on all fronts. This story and the one about Mr. Lyttle, tells me that the ICE and other authorities don't do their job properly. They seem to be pleased just to deport as many as possible and don't give a rats about the legalities. When I read about cases like these, there's no surprise if there are thousands like them, based on very thin evidence of origin. Maybe even I, a white woman with Scandinavian descent, can fool those jacka$$es, since I can speak about 100 words in Spanish? Not that I have any aspirations in that direction. If I want to go to Mexico or a country in Latin-America, I will travel there as a tourist. Thanks for the postings and let's all keep an eye on those imbessilic authoroties that hold people's lifes in their hands!

3:24AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012


1:42PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

So Lori, you are saying a 15 year old girl is smarter that the Immigration Dept?

You may be right.

1:33PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Sounds like she really wanted to get away as well to be that convincing.

8:41PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Idiots! This is so crazy and so wrong!

10:12AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Incredible story! One must say that there is something wrong in the immigration departments all around! Thanks for posting!

12:58PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

She should have to pay for this farce she created. I sure hope the taxpayers don't have to support her and her kid.

12:02PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

@ Charlotte I can honestly say that if this were my child I would give her a big giant hug as soon as I saw her then a spanking she would never forget. Then I would make the People who sent my child out of the country regret their actions in as many ways as I could think of (and that were legal). There are a whole other set of issues now though... There is a baby who is at least half Colombian and that kid has a father who has a right to see it. There are so many legal messes here... We microchip our dogs so they don't get lost but we send our kids to South America?????

8:42AM PST on Jan 9, 2012


8:10AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

It is amazing how ignorant some people can be with their opinions. The entire scenario would be different if it were one of their relatives. Regardless of her lies, she still is only 15 and immature at that

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