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Girl,15, Deported to South America

AP | 1/6/2012, 2:50 p.m.

EL PASO, TEXAS -- A 15-year-old African-American girl who was deported to South America after claiming to be an illegal immigrant could soon return home.

Government officials in Colombia say the U.S. embassy on Jan. 5 submitted the necessary documents for Jakadrien Lorece Turner to return to the U.S.

The Colombian government says the girl had been working in a local call center before Dallas police tracked her down and alerted U.S and Colombian officials.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official says the teen gave authorities a fake name when she was arrested in Houston last year for theft. The name was of a Colombian woman born in 1990, and Turner maintained the name through deportation proceedings.

It's unclear if she'll be charged upon her return for falsifying her identity.