On June 27, brothers Marlon Galicia and Francisco Erwin Galicia were stopped at a checkpoint in Texas. Marlon Galicia, from Mexico, was in the country illegally and subsequently deported. Francisco Galicia, a United States citizen, was born in Dallas.
Americans were horrified to learn that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) kept the 18 year old at a detention center for three weeks without a phone call before transferring him to ICE custody.
The Galicia family’s lawyer, Claudia Galan, presented officials with Galicia’s birth certificate along with other corroborating documents, yet the agencies have ignored her efforts to obtain Galicia’s release.
Galan told the Dallas Morning News:
“I presented them 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. He’s going on a full month of being wrongfully detained. He’s a U.S. citizen and he needs to be released now.”
Galicia presented officials with a wallet copy of his birth certificate along with a social security card and Texas ID, but the officials reportedly told him they were fake.
Galicia’s family fears he’ll be deported.
Lawmakers and private citizens alike are disgusted at CBP’s unlawful detainment.
CBP is detaining *American citizens.*
How would you feel trapped in a border camp, where guards wear face masks because the human odor is so strong?
When we allow the rights of some to be violated, the rights of all are not far behind. https://t.co/U4NFQtv8F3
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 23, 2019
Francisco Erwin Galicia is an American, a citizen, an 18-year-old who has been detained for 3 weeks because of the color of his skin. CBP must release him immediately & this country must demand accountability for what has happened to him. We'll prove that we're better than this. https://t.co/js2usJZylw
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 23, 2019
Francisco Erwin Galicia is a Texas-born US citizen. The system is broken. https://t.co/pbkqMJHVa6
— MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) July 23, 2019
We should call this exactly what it is – racial profiling. This American citizen was detained by CBP & ICE because of the color of his skin. https://t.co/N5yEFhzC2D
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) July 23, 2019
It is now unsafe for any of us who have brown skin, or have Latino-sounding surnames, or have accents, to leave our homes without our passports. Unsafe in our own country.
— HawaiiDelilah™ Unredacted Version (@HawaiiDelilah) July 23, 2019
This is outrageous. We’ve got to get Trump out.
— Sharon Maul #ImpeachTrump, #Resist (@sjmaul) July 23, 2019
Many fear this is just the beginning.
This isn’t going to wind up being an isolated incident.
It was never about citizenship status. https://t.co/vPDcbvbxPB
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) July 23, 2019
This is not an isolated incident. For anyone who thinks it’s about being here “legally” and not about race, stop lying to yourself. A citizen, *still* in custody, for what? Being hispanic. https://t.co/JbBkxMkSzN
— Matthew Christensen (@mchri5ten5en) July 23, 2019
Those of us who said it was just a matter of time before the Trump administration started rounding up 1st gen American citizens, I’m sorry to say that we were right.
ICE detains U.S. citizen from Dallas, Texas, for over 3 weeks | The Texas Tribune https://t.co/8SNJGc487a
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 23, 2019
In fact, it’s already been happening for years.
Regarding that US Citizen born in Dallas in CBP custody: he's almost certainly not the only one.
Between 2012 and 2017 ICE detained 1480 US citizens for up to three yearshttps://t.co/10prCtVKQB
— Kendra "Gloom is My Beat" Pierre-Louis (@KendraWrites) July 23, 2019
Congresswoman Barragán visited an ICE camp in McAllan, Texas today.
ICE is holding an American citizen hostage. This is fascism & proves it was never about “protecting” our borders but rather about terrorizing poc & keeping America white. https://t.co/B8RpzMOtpw
— Simar (@sahluwal) July 19, 2019
Two asylum seekers who have been in the US for 20 years and have two American citizen children were detained by ICE in Philly. How can anyone think this agency has a point beyond cruelty.https://t.co/njabNKh10f pic.twitter.com/P0GIokZN7Q
— Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) July 22, 2019
It already happened, ICE rounded up an American citizen, a Republican woman, and detained her. She finally got out, forgave ICE, and promised to vote for Trump again in 2020. You read that right – utter stupidity. https://t.co/OAVLWI3U5c
— Jeremy Boyd (@JeremyB36496024) July 14, 2019
According to the New York Post, ICE detained nearly 1500 Americans last year.