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9-Year-Old Girl Detained at Border for Providing ‘Inconsistent Information’

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9-Year-Old Girl Detained at Border for Providing ‘Inconsistent Information’

9-Year-Old Girl Detained at Border for Providing ‘Inconsistent Information’

Earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained a 9-year-old U.S. citizen for over 30 hours, simply because the frighten child gave ‘inconsistent information’ while being questioned.

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Thelma Galaxia told NBC San Diego that her two children, 9-year-old Julia Isabel Amparo Medina and 14-year-old Oscar Amparo Medina, were being driven to school from Tijuana to San Diego by her friend, who told them to walk across the border after being worried that heavy traffic would make them late to school.

The kids did just that but were reportedly then detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Galaxia says officers told her daughter she didn’t look like her passport picture, which was taken when she was younger. They reportedly accused her of lying about who she was and told her she would be released to her mother if she told them she was really her cousin! What’s even more shocking is that Galaxia says officers made her son sign a document identifying his sister as his cousin.

“He was told that he would be taken to jail and they were going to charge him for human trafficking and sex trafficking,” she said.

30+ hours later, the two were finally released when Galaxia called the Mexican consulate after being informed her children had been detained.

“I was scared. I was sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself,” Medina told them.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are now defending their decision for detaining the young girl and her brother for more than 30 hours. CBP said the girl,

“provided inconsistent information during her inspection,” and officers took her into custody “to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

“It’s important that CBP officials positively confirm the identity of a child travelling without a parent or legal guardian,” CBP Public Affairs officer Jackie Wasiluk told NBC 7 in a statement.

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