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Taken by Yesica Uvina
The news, devoid of additional facts, that a US citizen was detained by Border Patrol has caused controversy. As the details emerged from Border Patrol, the story took a dramatic turn. The Daily Wire reports:
Brian Hastings, Chief of Law Enforcement at the U.S. Border Patrol, made a stunning claim on Thursday about the U.S. citizen who was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for three weeks, saying that the individual never claimed to be an American.
Hastings remark came in response to a question from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) about the detained U.S. citizen, Francisco Erwin Galicia, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on some of the Trump administration’s policies on the border.
“I can give you some preliminary. The 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,” Hastings said. “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.”
“Upon further investigation, we also found 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,” Hastings continued. “At no time in Border Patrol custody did he say that he was a U.S. citizen.”
The fact that a US citizen would cross the border without going through a port of entry raises questions, but in the company of illegals while hiding their citizenship raises the alarm. Was this American citizen a coyote, smuggling illegals while using his citizenship to get across the border more easily? He could have announced his citizenship at anytime but concealed it. This warrants an investigation.