Immigration Service is incompetent: Random and unreasonable detentions of US children are conducted
Being a US citizen and having a passport with you, anyone can be detained for a period of two days to one month. Absolute lawlessness is created in the US Immigration Service, the officers do not comply with the laws on the maintenance of prisoners, and also ignore all the rules for interrogating minors.
According to the latest data, the staff of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, detained a 9-year-old girl who is a US citizen and had a passport with her. According to the officers themselves, she “provided inconsistent information during her inspection”. According to the girl’s family, she and her family live in Tijuana and cross the border every morning to get to school and back.
At that moment, her and her 14-year-old brother were snatched by law enforcement officers, as it turned out later, the interrogation officers threatened the boy with accusing him of smuggling and human trafficking and that he would go to prison.
The girl at this time was left alone with incompetent border guards, who were not satisfied with the genuine passport of a US citizen and the words of a frightened 9-year-old girl, so they put her behind bars for 32 hours.
“I was scared. I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself,” Julia Isabel Amparo Medina told NBC-7 TV in San Diego.
The officers disagree on the reasons for the arrest of the minor, one says that she did not look like a passport picture, the other claimed that she “provided contradictory information.” Both of these reasons are not grounds for arrest and interrogation of young children. Their mother believes that this happened because of the color of their skin, according to her, if the children had lighter skin, then the guards would not even pay attention to them.
This is not the first case of illegal detention in prison of US citizens who had documents with them. Francisco Erwin Galicia, an 18-year-old U.S. The citizen was held in custody for almost a month. He complained about the lack of food and that they were not allowed to take a shower for 23 days.
Also, another case was recorded in Montana, where an immigration officer ordered two women in a shop who spoke Spanish to show ID's. They immediately turned on the camera and asked him to give an answer to the camera, "Why does he force them to show ID's?" He replied, "because you speak Spanish in a place where everyone is English-speaking."