American Teen Deported to Colombia Is on a Plane Heading Home


Once she was convicted, Turner was handed over to ICE, where she still said she was a Colombian citizen, even while being interview by a representative from the Colombian consulate. Eventually, the Colombian authorities agreed she was a Colombian citizen, and authorized her deportation, providing her with full Colombian citizenship upon arrival in the country.

Her family says they don't understand how something like this could have happened. "They didn't do their work," Lorene Turner told WFAA. "How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything?"

ICE says they are investigating the matter. It's unclear what Turner's motives might have been for providing police with a false identity. They say they take their "responsibility to verify the immigration status of individuals in the agency's custody very seriously."

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