Claudia Galan, an attorney for 18-year-old Francisco Galicia, said border policemen kept his identity papers after his release, and she was not sure why. But he is relieved that the case is over, she said.
It all started when Galicia was on its way to a football scouting event on June 27th.
Both brothers were imprisoned, and Marlon, who had no legal status in the US, returned to Mexico, Galan said.
Galicia has his Texas state passport, a wallet-sized birth certificate, and his social security card, Galan said.
He also had a Mexican tourist visa that mistakenly lists his country of birth as Mexico and establishes a conflicting nationality claim, Galan said.
Nevertheless, "despite his tourist visa, he was born here in the US and is a native American".
It is not uncommon for immigration officials to question citizenship claims, said Cesar Garcia Hernandez, an American associate professor of law at the University of Denver, who is not affiliated with the case. The Mexican tourist visa could have caused officials to be skeptical about the legitimacy of his identity papers, including his birth certificate.
Galicia's case, however, could easily have been clarified by confirming his citizenship, Galan said. The fact that he was detained for such a long time shows that the Homeland Security Authority is so overwhelmed that it is no longer in a position to pay the necessary attention to each case.
What his identity papers said
Galicia's mother received a Mexican tourist visa for him to visit his family in Mexico, the lawyer explained. Because she lives illegally in the United States, she did not want to put her real name on Galicia's birth certificate, so she used a fake name for herself, Galan said.
"And that's why she could not get him a passport. She never corrected his birth certificate and only thought it would be easier to get him a tourist visa to get in and out of the country," Galan said.
When his mother applied for a tourist visa, she introduced him as born in Mexico. "And that brings a contradictory claim to his US citizenship," Galan said.
However, Galan said she submitted documents to CBP about two weeks ago to prove Francisco's citizenship. The documents she shared with CNN include a birth certificate that lists Galicia's birthplace as Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. a health insurance card; a Texas Temporary Identification Card and a high school photo ID. CNN can not verify its authenticity independently.