I hope you saw the news article about the Dallas teenager who has been missing since 2010 but was actually deported to Colombia. It has been all over the internet today, so I decided to post about it after the crowd died down! If not you can read it HERE and HERE. Now you may be thinking, “OK, this is Texas, they have an abundance of illegal residents, so what, one of them got sent back”! BUT, this was a 14-year-old AFRICAN-AMERICAN teenager, who DOES NOT EVEN SPEAK SPANISH! So you may be scratching your head (Much like I was doing when I first heard this mess!) and wondering how the heck does something like this happen??
Well it starts with a teenager who is distraught over the loss of a grandfather. Then you add the tragedy of divorcing parents. And on top of all of that you add a dash of obvious discontent (since she was running away I assume the discontent part). You can also add that she obviously had no adult she thought she could talk to about her issues and mental state. The story goes like this….
Jakadrien Turner ran away from her home in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas in November, 2010. The reason she ran away is being indirectly attributed to the loss of her grandfather and the divorce of her parents. (But I of course believe there is something missing from this portion of the story). Jakadrien ran as far as Houston, Texas. In Houston, Texas in April 2011, Jakadrien Turner was caught shoplifting. Jakadrien gave the police a phony name and when that name was run it came back as belonging to a 22-year-old, illegal immigrant from Colombia. Here is where the story gets asinine…. evidently her finger prints were taken but there was no follow through. Despite the physical differences between a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old, despite the fact that this African-American girl spoke no Spanish (Uh, coming from Colombia, yes I expect that you should be able to speak spanish!), and despite the fact that no follow through on the fingerprints or paper work was completed, Jakadrien was deported to Colombia (Yes, SOUTH AMERICA!) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This young lady even had her information posted on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s website, See posting HERE. But no one bothered to check for that.
So after all of that, I wonder who will be demoted behind this fiasco. Yes I said demoted because since this is a young African-American girl I do not think anyone will loose his or her job over this but someone will likely be demoted. (Sad, but true, This IS America…). Jakadrien’s grandmother found her through Facebook. Jakadrien is now being detained in a Colombian “facility” by Colombian officials despite American authorities from the U.S. Embassy trying to retrieve her. (Maybe someone should call Tom Cruise and his Mission Impossible crew, they seem to get results!).
So as a parent and a grandparent I have some questions/concerns about this story… (Yea, besides the obvious question about the OBVIOUS INCOMPETENCE of the U.S. Immigration officials…)
- Where are Jakadrien Turner’s parents?
- Why is the grandmother the only one looking for her?
- Why did she REALLY run away?
- Did she have a mentor, teacher, confidant, or ANYONE that she could have talked to?
- Why is this 15-year-old girl now pregnant?
- Who was Jakadrien living with in Houston?
- Is she hurt? Was she damaged in ANY way?
- And lastly, we need to address her running away and her lying about her identity which helped land her behind in Colombia, South America in the first place.
But all the madness and questions aside… I pray that baby girl is returned home safely. I pray that she receives the counseling, healing, and restoration that she needs. I pray that her and her family are restored and mended to wholeness.