ICE has detained an American citizen from Dallas

by | Jul 23, 2019 | Immigration/Border, Politics

Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, has been held in federal custody for three weeks, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.  The paper reported he had a Texas ID, which means he had a social security number. 

From the Morning News:

Galan [his mother] said she met with CBP officers last week and presented them with Galicia’s birth certificate and some other documents but was unsuccessful in getting him released. She plans on presenting the same documents to ICE officers later this week. 

“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. “He’s going on a full month of being wrongfully detained. He’s a U.S. citizen and he needs to be released now.”

And from the Washington Post:

In an April 2018 investigation, the Los Angeles Times found that ICE had released more than 1,480 people from its custody since 2012 after investigating their citizenship claims. In Texas alone, the Cato Institute estimated that ICE had wrongfully placed detainers — requests to local jails to hold a person in custody so ICE can pick them up — on hundreds of U.S. citizens between 2006 and 2017.

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