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Official: Detained US Teen Represented as Mexican Citizen

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:57 PM

A top Border Patrol official testified Thursday an 18-year-old American citizen who was detained for three weeks never told officers he was from the United States.

Francisco Erwin Galicia was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint by agents who suspected he was in the U.S. illegally, even though he was carrying a Texas state ID. He was released Tuesday after his case was reported by The Dallas Morning News.

"I can give you some prelim: individual came through the Falfurrias checkpoint, he came through with the other illegal aliens, the individual claimed to be a Mexican national who was born in Reynosa, Mexico," Brian Hastings, Chief of Law Enforcement at the U.S. Border Patrol, told the House Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported.

"Throughout the process, and while he was with Border Patrol, he claimed to be a citizen of Mexico with no immigration documents to be in or remain in the U.S."

Hastings also said Galicia was detained because it was discovered he had used a U.S. visitors visa his mother got for him when he was a minor to travel back and forth from Mexico more than 50 times.

The official's claim Galicia did not tell officers of his status contradicts a notice to appear in immigration court obtained by The Dallas Morning News in which the Department of Homeland Security accused him of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen while in custody.

Customs and Border Patrol officials did not immediately respond about the contradiction, The Hill reported.

The teen was detained while traveling to a soccer scouting event with his younger brother, Marlon, who is not a citizen and the "illegal alien" Hastings referred to, The Hill reported.

When the two brothers reached a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Marlon only had a school ID card, while Francisco had his Texas ID, which can only be obtained with a Social Security number.

Francisco Galicia was later transferred to an ICE facility on the belief his documents were fraudulent, while his brother signed a voluntary deportation form and has been staying in Reynosa, Mexico, The Hill reported.

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An 18-year-old American citizen who was detained for three weeks never told officers he was from the United States, according to testimony of a top Border Patrol official Thursday.
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Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:57 PM
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