Congressman Asks Border Patrol Chief to Clarify Testimony About U.S. Citizen Held for Weeks

California congressman Ted Lieu has asked a U.S. Border Patrol chief to clarify the contradictory testimony he delivered to the House Judiciary committee last week on the detention of 18-year-old Francisco Erwin Galicia, a U.S. citizen who was held by immigration officers for more than three weeks. Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement for U.S. Border Patrol, told members of Congress last week that Galicia never said he was a U.S. citizen to border agents when he was detained at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias. But Hastings’ statement contradicts paperwork that the Department of Homeland Security issued to Galicia. Hastings told the House Judiciary committee that, “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.”  Continue reading...

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