Texas Teen Deported To Colombia Could Return Soon

Published January 6, 2012 1:54AM (EST)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A 15-year-old Texas girl who was deported from the U.S. after she claimed to be an illegal immigrant could be returning soon.

The Colombian government says the U.S. embassy on Thursday submitted the necessary documents for Jakadrien Lorece's (Ja-KAY-dree-un Lo-REES) Turner to come back to the U.S.

The Colombian government also says the girl is in the care of a welfare program. It says Turner had been working in a call center before Dallas Police Department found her and alerted U.S and Colombian officials that she was a U.S. citizen.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said Turner maintained after being arrested in Houston for theft and through the deportation proceedings that she was a Colombian adult in the U.S. illegally.

By Salon Staff

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