Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

A black teenage runaway was recently deported to Columbia. Shocking you might say, but the rocket scientist teenager decided when arrested for theft to give a false name, which turned out to be that of a Columbian national wanted for other crimes, presumably in Columbia, but there are no details as yet. The rocket scientist also decided to go through with the criminal and immgiration processes without telling her mother or grandmother that she was arrested, who were allegedly concerned, or tell her attorney her real name. January 4, 2011

DALLAS — Johnessa Turner hasn't seen her 15-year-old daughter Jakadrien in more than a year. "It was definitely a hard time," she said. "This has been going on for so long... it's still hard."

Jakadrien ran away in November 2010 and ended up deported to Colombia by mistake...

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that deported Jakadrien, denies any wrongdoing. ICE said the teen gave police a false name when she was arrested in Houston for theft in April. Not even Jakadrien's defense attorney knew her real name.

ICE said it tried to verify her identity through fingerprints and database searches, and nothing raised a red flag.

But how did a 15-year-old girl fool police, federal officials and a judge?

Her mother is just as puzzled.

Well, since she lied and continued to lie, there is really no surprise.

"She was a mature girl, but Jakadrien was a good girl," Johnessa Turner said. "She was responsible, respectful, started going through regular teenage things."

Mature, but not very bright, unless she really did not want to let mom in on the truth for some reason. Perhaps a trip to Columbia was an escape for her. Or she got caught in her spiral of lies and could not get out even with the truth at the end. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we act to decieve.

And from another story: January 4, 2011 by Rebecca Lopez

As News 8 reported, immigrantion officials mistakenly deported the teenager after she gave them the wrong name. That name came back to an illegal immigrant from Colombia who was wanted by international police on warrants.

"They didn't do their work," Lorene Turner asserted. "How do you deport a 15-year-old and send her to Colombia without a passport... without anything?"

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is investigating this case and takes it very seriously. The agency said it attempted to verify Jakadrien's identity before she was deported and found nothing that would make them doubt the fake name and age she had provided to authorities.

But let us go through the steps to be arrested, charged, handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and be deported.

First, at her arrest, she gave a name that was not hers. Clearly she did not want to be found out as a juvenile runaway or there was some other reason that caused her to not use her real name.

Why she chose this as yet unknown Hispanic name to give to the police after her criminal arrest, one does not know. Perhaps she has a juvenile criminal record and did not want that discovered? We just do not know.

Next, she was appointed a free attorney in the criminal case. For some reason she did not tell her attorney her real name. That means she was very serious about hiding her identity. Which makes one suspicious that she did not want to go home for some reason. A very serious reason. One can imagine what that was as there is no mention of her father. Perhaps mom's boyfriend...

It is not clear what happened in the criminal case, dismissed, time served, the story just does not say.

Then she is placed in removal proceedings. She is interviewed by an ICE officer, either a Deportation Officer or an Immigration Enforcement Officer. They ask a series of questions mandated by policy and placed in a Form I-867AB, Record of Sworn Statement. On that form they ask the subject their name, date of birth, citizenship, names and citizenship of their parents and grandparents, among other things. Clearly she did not tell the truth for some reason.

Now Houston is in Harris County, a 287(g) Sheriff's Office, so the forms may have been prepared by a Harris County deputy sheriff, but the forms were reviewed by a Supervisory Deportation Officer. Other forms are created summarizing the facts of the case, such as Form I-213, Record of Deportable Alien, which are reviewed by the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Deputy Field Office Director before the alien is ordered removed.

Then the subject is give a choice to leave voluntarily or have a hearing before a judge. A judge is mentioned, but it is not clear if the judge was in the criminal process, a judge or magistrate in a criminal court, or a judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), part of the Department of Justice.

It is clear though that she did not make a claim of being an American citizen in the process. Perhaps because she was in too deep in her web of lies, or more likely she just did not care.

The next part is the actual removal, which, in fact, does require the consent of the Columbian government. Aliens are not removed, except to Canada and Mexico, without travel documents issued by the country to which the alien is removed. So she would have had to affirmed to the Columbian government that she was the the person in question.

Perhaps she thought that she could get out of the criminal charges in the United States by claiming to be an alien and instead of prosecution, just accept deportation.

The important fact is that she did not just tell one lie one time. She created and repeated a whole series of lies. Why, we do not know. But there is a reason. Stupidity is one.

Clearly she is either not very bright, or too clever by half. Time will tell. But this wasn't a result of mistakes by ICE, it is all her own making.


Anonymous said...

Well, there were certainly some mistakes made by the various authorities, despite the fact that that she was lying.

First, the local police. She was arrested for petty theft, and presumably questioned by the police. As they are professional investigators and she was a 14 year old girl, unless she was a con artist with the skills of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a few minutes of questioning should have made her story fall apart like a house of cards.

Up the chain at ICE, all the articles said that they had taken the girl's fingerprints, and that they had the fingerprints of the 22 year old fugitive. Presumably, they would also have a mugshot. Why were their fingerprints and photographs not compared? If they were, it would have been clear that the girl was lying.

Now with Interpol, the agency that put out the arrest warrant for the woman whose name this girl also used. Why wasn't she turned over to them? If she was, surely they would have known that she was the wrong person.

And finally, at the other end, what were the Colombian Authorities doing? Remember, she didn't speak any Spanish. Maybe ICE didn't take some time to talk to her in Spanish (they should have), but certainly the officials at the Colombian Consulate in Houston would have. And at the airport in Bogota - how could she have gotten past the Colombian customs officials without proof of citizenship or any knowledge of Spanish?

You can say that she was lying and intent on lying all you want, and it seems she was - but to say that the authorities of four agencies in two countries made no mistakes is to say that she managed to fool them all into assisting her runaway plans.

Federale said...

Note that Columbia has a small black minority of English speaking blacks descendant of runaway slaves, similar to those in Nicaragua. So the Spanish is a non-issue.

Note also that persons can refuse to speak to the police. See the Miranda Supreme Court decision.

There was no fingerprint match because there were no fingerprints to match to. Fingerprint matching to confirm identification necessitates a set of fingerprints on file to compare with. The Columbian had no prints in the American system. We don't know what Columbia knew and when Columbia knew it.

It is confirmed that she maintained her false identity throughout the criminal and immigration proceedings.

The fault, dear sir, to paraphrase the Bard, lies not in her stars, or ICE, but in herself that she was deported.

Anonymous said...

Well it's not a question of fault, because it seems she was a willing participant. However, you assert that there were no fingerprints for this fugitive whose name the girl gave. Each article seems to imply that there were, unless you know otherwise. Let's just say that if they had the other woman's fingerprints, they should have compared them.

But still, if the fugitive in question was wanted by Interpol, and they believed this girl to be her, why was she not turned over to interpol?

And even if Colombia has a black, english-speaking minority, that's still quite a coincidence. Did this fugitive on record have any description beyond her name and the charges against her?

And we still don't know how the colombian authorities managed to let her in at the airport, yet arrested her a year later.

Point is, if anyone, at any point in this whole process, second-guessed her, her whole story would have fallen apart like a house of cards. Unless, that is, she really is a brilliant con artist.

What's to stop me from turning myself in as an illegal immigrant from Tahiti, and spending the rest of my days on an island paradise?

Federale said...

No, the article says the Columbian named woman is said to have an arrest warrant outstanding. Columbia does not have our fingerprint system. And she was allegedly illegal. That does not say that she had her fingerprints in either the FBI or DHS systems.

The Columbian government issued her travel documents, so there is no issue about her entry into Columbia, she had Columbian documents. Note that her Facebook showed that she was enjoying her stay in Columbia. She made no effort to contact her "mother" or "grandmother."

Federale said...

No, the article says the Columbian named woman is said to have an arrest warrant outstanding. Columbia does not have our fingerprint system. And she was allegedly illegal. That does not say that she had her fingerprints in either the FBI or DHS systems.

The Columbian government issued her travel documents, so there is no issue about her entry into Columbia, she had Columbian documents. Note that her Facebook showed that she was enjoying her stay in Columbia. She made no effort to contact her "mother" or "grandmother."