An 18-Year-Old Citizen Has Been in Immigration Detention for a Month. It’s Not the First Time
By Emma Ockerman Jul 23, 2019
A Texas mom is fighting to get her teenage son — a U.S. citizen — out of an immigrant detention center where she says he’s been wrongly held for more than three weeks.
Federal immigration authorities have held Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Texas-born teen, in custody since June 27, when the 18-year-old student was crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint in Falfurrias, his attorney told the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post. He was accompanied by his 17-year-old brother, Marlon Galicia, who lacks legal status and was born in Mexico.
Both teens were asked to provide travel documents. Marlon had only his school identification; Francisco had his Texas ID, a Social Security card, and a small copy of his birth certificate, but was unable to present a U.S. passport. The brothers were detained, and Marlon was deported to Reynosa to stay with family.
The brothers were traveling for a soccer scouting event, according to the Post.
Marlon has tried and failed to prove his citizenship to CBP and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, his mother, Sanjuana Galicia, told the Morning News. She’s provided his birth certificate and other documents, and plans to show the documents again to ICE — the agency that currently holds Francisco in custody — this week. The Morning News reviewed Francisco’s birth certificate and noted it lists him as being born in Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
“I need my son back,” Sanjuana, who does not have legal status, told the Morning News. “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.”
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