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A top U.S. Border Patrol official on Thursday testified that Francisco Erwin Galicia, an 18-year-old American citizen who was detained by immigration services for over 20 days, did not tell officers he was from the U.S.
“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 article goes on to state the following:
Hastings also said that 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.
“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 said. “Upon further investigation we also found that he had a border crossing card and that border crossing card he had used 53 times to cross the border into the U.S., which gives us further indication that he was not a U.S. citizen. At no time in Border Patrol custody did he say that he was a U.S. citizen.”
Claudia Galan, Galicia’s attorney, disputes the claim, according to Dallas News. She produced a notice to which was issued by DHS to Francisco. It reads:
“On or about June 27, 2019, you were found at the Falfurrias, Texas, Border Patrol Checkpoint, a distance of more than 25 miles from the United States border with Mexico … You did not receive the permission of an immigration officer to proceed beyond that 25 mile limit … At that time, you falsely represented yourself to be a citizen of the United States for the purpose of furthering your entry into the United States.”
Now, Hastings is saying that he had a border crossing card and said he didn’t say he was U.S. citizen, at least while he was in their custody. https://t.co/X4fJlwIo1w
— Tanvi (@Tanvim) July 25, 2019
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