ICE freed American citizen improperly detained at Border checkpoint Border and held almost FOUR WEEKS
An 18-year-old American citizen born in Texas was released from federal detention on Tuesday after he was wrongly classified as born in Mexico and detained by US customs and border protection and immigration and customs enforcement for nearly four weeks.
Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was released Tuesday from the South Texas detention facility in Pearsall, where he was met by his lawyer, Claudia Galan.
Francisco and his brother, 17-year-old Marlon Galicia, who was born in Mexico, were detained at a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias on 27 June.
The boys were with a group traveling to a football scouting event when Francisco was detained after he had not produced an American passport, while showing officials his Texas State ID, the boy mother, Sanjuana Galicia, told The Dallas Morning News.
Galan said she believes Francisco & # 39; absolutely & # 39; was a victim of racial profiling. The others in the vehicle with him were all Latino's.
The American citizen Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18 (photo), who was improperly detained, was released on Tuesday from detention at the South Texas Detention Facility in Pearsall
Francisco was held in custody because of an inaccurate American travel visa that was obtained by his mother and wrongly stated that he was born in Mexico, according to the Washington Post.
Sanjuana said that Francisco was denied access to a phone while in custody and could not reach her until Saturday by calling after being transferred to ICE custody.
Francisco was detained well after 72 hours by Border Patrol, which the Dutch DPA says should hold prisoners. But in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where Francisco was arrested, the border patrol detains hundreds of adult men and women accused of having entered the country illegally for more than 72 hours.
In McAllen, Texas, mature men are being held in fenced cages. Vice President Mike Pence visited these pens this month and reports and video of the circumstances there caused indignation.
Francisco's brother, Marlon, was released two days after he was detained after he signed a voluntary deportation form, and now resides in Reynosa, Mexico with his grandmother.
& # 39; I signed because I wanted to talk to my mother, & # 39; said Marlon.
Francisco (photo) was detained at a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias together with his brother, 17-year-old Marlon Galicia, who was born in Mexico while on his way to Ranger College in North Texas on June 27
The boys were with a group traveling to a football scouting event when Francisco was detained after he had not produced an American passport, while showing officials his Texas State ID, said the boy's mother, Sanjuana Galicia. On his release, Francisco (right) was met by his lawyer, Claudia Galan (left)
Galan (left) said she believes Francisco (right) & # 39; absolutely & # 39; was a victim of racial profiling. The others in the vehicle with him were all Latino's
Once Francisco was able to talk to her on the phone, Sanjuana said that Francisco told her that he was showing the authorities his Texas State ID, which can only be obtained by a person with an American social security number.
Galan said he also had his social security card and wallet-sized birth certificate document, according to the Post.
& # 39; He has been here all his life, & # 39; Galan said, but when Border Patrol checked his documents, they just didn't believe they were real. They kept telling him they were fake. & # 39;
Sanjuana said that her older son was partially detained for not having an American passport with him, despite being an American citizen and traveling to and from destinations that were fully recorded in the US.
Immigration authorities are not allowed to detain US citizens. But both ICE and CBP have arrested citizens in the past.
A 2018 Los Angeles Times investigation found that ICE had released more than 1,480 people after investigating their citizenship. In one case, an American citizen was detained in aliens detention for more than three years.
Last week a congressman from California, who visited the processing center of the Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas, met a 13-year-old girl with an American passport. The girl waited with her mother, who allegedly had crossed the border illegally. After inquiring, the Border Patrol released both.
In the case of Francisco, after improper detention, officials were later confused by a record that erroneously showed that Francisco was born in Mexico.
Sanjuana told the Post that she was getting an inaccurate American travel visa for Francisco when he was a minor who stated that he was born in Mexico because she couldn't get a passport for him, and saw it as the only way he could travel through the US – Mexico border to visit with family.
Sanjuana, who is not an American citizen, said she could not give him a passport because she gave herself a different name on his birth certificate.
Francisco (photo) was held in custody for an inaccurate American travel visa obtained by his mother, which incorrectly stated that he was born in Mexico
Sanjuana said that her older son was partially detained for not having an American passport with him, despite being an American citizen and traveling to and from destinations that were fully recorded in the US (planned route and detention point show). Officials later became confused by a record that erroneously showed that Francisco was born in Mexico. Sanjuana told the Washington Post that she was getting an inaccurate American travel visa for Francisco when he was a minor who stated that he was born in Mexico because she couldn't get a passport for him, and saw it as the only way he could get across the US-Mexico border to visit with family
A copy of Francisco & # 39; s birth certificate, reviewed by The Dallas Morning News, showed that he was born at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on December 24, 2000.
Sanjuana also has one congratulation certificate that she received from hospital staff after his birth, his health insurance card and a high school ID.
Sanjuana said she had brought Francisco & # 39; s documentation to CBP officials last week, but it did nothing to free her son.
Galan said it had also unsuccessfully explained the inaccurate American travel visa to the authorities.
& # 39; I have handed them his original birth certificate and other documents and they have ignored them, & # 39; said Galan. Galan said she then faxed all the documents to the ICE agent who was handling the case.
Galan said that while she was trying to get Francisco released, he was constantly afraid of being deported that he refused to sign anything without being present.
Although he speaks English, Galan said he was afraid that they would mislead him & # 39; to sign a removal order & # 39; and that he & # 39; would eventually be deported & # 39 ;.
The Border Patrol arrest people illegally entering the US, both directly on the border between the US and Mexico and with its series of highway checkpoints miles from the border.
In most cases, officers look at drivers who pass through the checkpoints and let them pass quickly. A passport or proof of citizenship is not normally required to pass through a domestic checkpoint.
The Falfurrias checkpoint is located about an hour north of the Texas-Mexico border.
Francisco was last detained at the South Texas detention facility (photo) in Pearsall, Texas
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