A Mexican teenager, who was sent to the United States under a case of mistaken identity, has finally returned home. Federal agents, who thought she was the missing daughter of a woman in Houston, had seized the 14-year-old from her secondary school in Guanajuato last week.
The authorities flew Alondra Luna Nunsez from her hometown to a woman named Dorotea Garcia in Texas, who thought the girl was her long lost daughter Alondra Diaz Garcia. However, after arriving in the U.S., the girl underwent a DNA test, which proved that she was not the woman’s daughter.
Teen’s parents are considering taking legal action against the officials who ordered the cruel action without any preliminary confirmation. Which seems quite justified, because if authorities had shown some sensibility and conducted the required test beforehand, they would’ve saved both the families a lot of grief and false hope.
The case got international attention after a video of feds dragging the teen out of her school building surfaced online. The footage showed Alondra kicking and screaming before being bundled in to the back of a police vehicle next to a woman – assumed Garcia – who had claimed a petition in 2007 about her daughter who had been illegally taken to Mexico by her biological father without her consent.
However, since things didn’t turn out as the poor woman had hoped, Alondra Luna was flown back to her country and reunited with her family.
“I want to enjoy being with my daughter,” her father Gustavo told the reporters. “I think that all the authorities involved in this were wrong.”
Alondra, on the other hand, holds no grudges against Garcia and hopes that she’ll find her daughter.
“At first I was very upset because I had never been so far away from my parents,” the girl explained. “She told me to forgive her for everything she had done to us.”
There is no explanation of why authorities did not confirm her identity before sending her to the U.S.
The Mexican foreign ministry has issued a statement, claiming that a Mexican judge asked the international police organization, Interpol, for assistance to get the girl after Gracia identified her. The ministry emphasized that it was “just acting as a facilitator” for coordinated collaboration between the U.S. and Mexican authorities in the return of minors.
The governmental National Human Rights Commission has now taken up the case.