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Detained Texas Teen Is New Immigration Flashpoint

US-born Francisco Erwin Galicia has been held 3 weeks, says attorney
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2019 11:00 AM CDT
File photo of a US Border Patrol vehicle.   (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

(Newser) – Francisco Erwin Galicia was born in Dallas 18 years ago and has lived in the city all his life, says his attorney. The problem is that Galicia has been held by Customs and Border Protection for three weeks now after being stopped at a checkpoint, the attorney says, and his family fears he may be sent to Mexico. The details get complicated, but Galicia's case is generating attention amid the debate over immigration policies. Coverage:

  • The stop: On June 27, Galicia was traveling with his brother and friends to a college in North Texas to try out for a soccer team when they were stopped at a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, reports the Dallas Morning News. Galicia was able to provide his Texas ID, which can be obtained only with a Social Security number, but authorities apparently suspected it was a fake. His 17-year-old brother, Marlon, who was born in Mexico and isn't a US citizen like his brother, voluntarily agreed to be deported.
  • Mom intervenes: Galicia's mother says she has provided CBP with her son's birth certificate. The Morning News has seen that document, and it shows that he was born in Dallas in December 2000. She also provided his high school ID and an insurance card. Authorities haven't released him, however, and some irregularities might explain why.

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