Border Patrol And ICE Detained A US-Born Citizen For Over Three Weeks

on October 14, 2015 in Northridge, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. ICE agents said the immigrant, a legal resident with a Green C... LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. ICE agents said the immigrant, a legal resident with a Green Card, was a convicted criminal and member of the Alabama Street Gang in the Canoga Park area. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of immigrants living in the United States. Green Card holders are also vulnerable to deportation if convicted of certain crimes. The number of ICE detentions and deportations from California has dropped since the state passed the Trust Act in October 2013, which set limits on California state law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Over three weeks ago, Customs and Border Patrol agents arrested an 18-year-old American citizen who was born in Texas, and he was held under the custody of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency until Tuesday.

Francisco Erwin Galicia was traveling with his younger brother from their hometown of Edinburg, Texas up north to the city of Ranger when they reached a CBP checkpoint, their mother told the Dallas Morning News.

Although Galicia, who was born in Dallas, provided the agents with a Texas ID, officers arrested him and his brother (who is undocumented) anyway.

After spending three weeks in CBP custody without access to a phone, Galicia was transferred to an ICE facility on Saturday. He was finally released on Tuesday afternoon, according to his mother.

Claudia Galan, Galicia’s lawyer, told the Morning News she tried to show Galicia’s birth certificate to CBP agents last week, but he remained in custody regardless.

Galicia’s brother, Marlon, signed a voluntary deportation form after being detained for two days because he wanted to be able to talk to his family.

2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke, who served as a Texas congressman, applauded Galicia’s release as “good news” but pointed out that the incident never should’ve happened at all.

Galan and CBP did not respond to TPM’s request for comment at the time of publishing.

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