ICE has detained a U.S. citizen for more than three weeks
A citizen born in Dallas, Texas he been detained in federal custody for more than three weeks, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, a United States citizen his entire life, was traveling to attend a soccer event when he was stopped at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint in late June.
Francisco Galicia had a Texas ID which can only be achieved if you have a Social Security number, but he was detained anyway. He wasn't allowed to use the phone while in custody.
"He’s going on a full month of being wrongfully detained," his mother, Sanjuana Galicia, told The Dallas Morning News. "He’s a U.S. citizen and he needs to be released now."'
His family now fears he will be deported.
His lawyer, Claudia Galan, presented CBP officers with the 18-year-old's birth certificate and other documents proving his citizenship but even that didn't help.
“I presented then with his original birth certificate and other documents and they ignored them. So now I’ve faxed over all the documents to the ICE agent handling the case,” Galan said.
The Dallas Morning News reviewed a copy of his birth certificate and it shows him being born at Parkland Memorial Hospital on December 24, 2000. They also show a certificate he was given by the hospital at his birth, his high school id, and a health insurance card, all proving he is a United States citizen.
Still, that's not enough for CBP right now. ICE and CBP aren't even responding to questions for any follow-ups.
The ICE detainee locator system shows Francisco being held in a South Texas Detention Facility in Pearsall and falsely claims he was born in Mexico.
Sanjuana Falicia, says that she lived in Dallas for three years until moving back to South Texas after his birth.
“I need my son back,” she said. “I just want to prove to them that he is a citizen. He’s not a criminal or anything bad. He’s a good kid.”