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Texas-Born Student Held In Immigration Custody For Weeks: Reports

UPDATE ― 6:32 p.m. EDT July 23: Francisco Erwin Galicia, an 18-year-old born within the U.S., was launched Tuesday from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention, his lawyer instructed The Related Press. The teenager had been wrongfully held in custody, first by Customs and Border Safety, then by ICE, since late June. His case drew nationwide media consideration this week after a report in The Dallas Morning Information. 

ICE and CBP instructed HuffPost they didn’t but have a press release in regards to the case. 

An 18-year-old born in Texas has been wrongfully held in an immigration detention heart for greater than three weeks, in response to his legal professional.

Francisco Erwin Galicia, a rising highschool senior in Edinburg, Texas, was touring throughout the state for a school soccer tryout together with his youthful brother and pals on June 27 when he was taken into custody at a border patrol checkpoint, his legal professional, Claudia Galan, instructed The Dallas Morning Information.

Galan mentioned Galicia had correct identification with him, together with a wallet-sized Texas delivery certificates, a Texas identification card and a Social Safety card. Customs and Border Safety brokers grew suspicious once they found that Galicia’s 17-year-old brother, who was born in Mexico, didn’t have any authorized standing to be within the U.S.

Online records indicate Francisco Erwin Galicia, who was born in Dallas, Texas, was taken to the South Texas Detention Center

On-line data point out Francisco Erwin Galicia, who was born in Dallas, Texas, was taken to the South Texas Detention Heart in Pearsall, seen right here in 2009.

Throughout a deeper probe, CBP found that Galicia had a U.S. vacationer visa that his mom, who’s undocumented, took out for him when he was a toddler, Galan instructed The Washington Publish.

Galan mentioned Galicia was born in a Dallas hospital. Nevertheless, Galan mentioned, Galicia’s mom used a special identify on his delivery certificates and mentioned he was born in Mexico due to her immigration standing. This identify change meant she wasn’t in a position to request a U.S. passport for him. She utilized for a vacationer visa with inaccurate data so Galicia might journey between Mexico and the U.S. to go to household.

“He’s been here all his life,” Galan instructed the Publish, however “when Border Patrol checked his documents, they just didn’t believe they were real. They kept telling him they were fake.”

Galicia’s brother, Marlon Galicia, was taken into custody and deported to Mexico two days later. He instructed the Morning Information he’s dwelling together with his grandmother there. 

“I didn’t imagine this could happen, and now I’m so sad that I’m not with my family,” he instructed the publication in a cellphone interview from Reynosa, simply south of McAllen, Texas.

Galan mentioned she has introduced CBP with Francisco Galicia’s delivery certificates and different paperwork. She plans to current the identical data to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement brokers this week in hopes of securing his launch. Galicia is listed on-line as held on the South Texas Detention Facility in Pearsall, Texas.

ICE, CBP and Galan didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. 

Information of Galicia’s detention caught the eye of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who tweeted about the situation on Monday.

“How would you feel trapped in a border camp, where guards wear face masks because the human odor is so strong?” she requested. “When we allow the rights of some to be violated, the rights of all are not far behind.”


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