American teen wrongfully detained in border detention center plans to sue government

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
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A Dallas-born teenager who was wrongfully detained in a border detention center for nearly a month now plans to take the federal government to court, his attorney said Wednesday.

DALLAS, Texas -- The 18-year-old Dallas-born US citizen who was wrongfully detained by ICE and held at a border detention facility for nearly a month has announced he plans to sue the federal government.

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"I feel like this is a great injustice what has happened to me and what is happening at the border," Francisco Galicia said.

Galicia and four friends were traveling to Ranger College from his home in Edinburg, Texas last month, but was detained at a border checkpoint near Falufrrias despite having his Texas license, his social security card and a wallet copy of his birth certificate.

Border Patrol said, "you falsely represented yourself to be a citizen of the United States," reported WFAA.

"I don't know why they didn't believe me. I had all my papers, but they still didn't believe me. I don't know the reason why," Galicia said.

Horror stories have surfaced from border detention centers similar to the one Galicia said he was held at. He said he shared a room with 70 other people, couldn't brush his teeth and lost at least 20 pounds.

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The conditions were so bad, he said he nearly volunteered to be deported.

"I almost signed an order to be deported because I didn't want to suffer anymore," Galicia said. "I was at that breaking point."

ICE hasn't returned requests for comment about this story, or explained why it took weeks and an immigration attorney getting involved for Galicia to be free, all answers Galicia hopes to find in court.