Story on the American teenager who finally got out of CBP detention center after 23 days: he tells Dallas Morning News conditions were so bad he lost 26 pounds and almost accepted deportation to Mexico https://t.co/ebwN4w8Xk8— Amanda Katz (@katzish) July 25, 2019
"Generally, situations including conflicting reports from the individual and multiple birth certificates can, and should, take more time to verify," the statement read. "While we continue to research the facts of the situation, this individual has been released from ICE custody. Both CBP and ICE are committed to the fair treatment of migrants in our custody and continue to take appropriate steps to verify all facts of this situation."Besides, the kid was brown and border adjacent and everybody knows brown people near the border are all carrying fake documents and don't deserve the benefit of the doubt:
But the boys had to pass through a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias, about 50 miles north of Edinburg. It was there that CBP agents asked the group to pull over and asked the passengers their statuses.
Marlon Galicia and another passenger lacked legal status. Francisco Galicia told Border Patrol agents that he was a citizen and presented them with a Texas ID, Social Security card and a wallet-sized birth certificate.
But agents doubted the validity of his documents right away, Galicia said.
Agents then took the brothers and another passenger into custody. They held them at the checkpoint for a day and then moved them to a CBP holding facility, where Francisco hoped he would be allowed a phone call.
“I told them we had rights and asked to make a phone call. But they told us, ‘You don’t have rights to anything’,” Francisco Galicia said.
And those conditions on the border that can't be helped because Congress? Yeah, the cruelty IS the point:
Galicia says he lost 26 pounds during that time in a South Texas immigrant detention center because officers didn’t provide him with enough food.
He said he wasn’t allowed to shower and his skin was dry and dirty.
He and 60 other men were crammed into an overcrowded holding area where they slept on the floor and were given only aluminum-foil blankets, he said. Some men had to sleep on the restroom area floor.
Ticks bit some of the men and some were very sick, Galicia said. But many were afraid to ask to go to the doctor because CBP officers told them their stay would start over if they did, he said.
“It was inhumane how they treated us. It got to the point where I was ready to sign a deportation paper just to not be suffering there anymore. I just needed to get out of there,” he said.
Brown; border adjacent; all documents are lies, and the U.S. government certainly lacks the capacity to authenticate a birth certificate, right? Sure, why not treat a U.S. citizen this way? And make sure to say you were only doing your job!