DALLAS (AP) – An 18-year-old American citizen claims to have lost 26 pounds because he had not had enough to eat in the more than three weeks he was unfairly held by US border officials ,
Francisco Erwin Galicia told the Dallas Morning News that he was not allowed to take a shower and sleep under a foil blanket in a crowded lounge area.
Galicia was detained at a border checkpoint by agents suspected of being illegal in the US, even though he bore a Texas state passport.
Border guards working on the border between the US and Mexico
A border guardsman drives his ATV during the official's construction of a new bollard wall replacing 20- Mile barriers for primary vehicles in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, USA, April 9, 2018. REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez
A border guard carries a bale of marijuana after a drug bust of the Mexico-US border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, in the Near McAllen, Texas, USA, April 5, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
Border guards pictured vehicle barriers in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, USA, during official construction of a new bollard wall to replace 20 miles of the primary bollards. 9 April 2018. REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez
Ladders collected and disposed of by US border guards are located near a section of the border fence in Hidalgo, Texas, USA pictured on April 11, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
Border guards oversee the official start of construction of a new bollard wall to replace 20-mile guard rails for motor vehicles in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, USA, April 9, 2018. REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez TPX PICTURES OF THE DAY
Border guards and a member of the Texas Ranger Division Special Operations Group confiscate after a Mexico-US drug explosion 297 pounds of marijuana border in the Rio Grande Valley sector, near McAllen, Texas, USA, April 5 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
An immigrant who jumped into a canal to escape capture after crossing the US state of Mexico illegally. border gives up and surrenders to a border guard in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near McAllen, Texas, USA, April 5, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
Border guards relax after confiscating 297 pounds of marijuana a Mexican-US border drug raid in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, near McAllen, Texas, USA, April 5, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
Suspected drug mules are being arrested by border police after a drug spill in the United States , Border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near McAllen, Texas, USA, April 5, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
Border guards arrest individuals who illegally crossed the US border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near Mexico Falfurrias, Texas, USA, April 4, 2018. REUTERS / Loren Elliott TPX PICTURES OF THE DAY
This photo of the Mexican side of a border patrol vehicle in the state of Sunland Park is seen at the present frontier fence. Border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 4 April 2018. REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez
A border guard arrests people in the Rio Grande Valley sector near Falfurrias, Texas, in April, who illegally crossed the Mexico-US border 4, 2018 REUTERS / Loren Elliott
An agent from the US Customs and Border Protection Agency patrols the border between Santa Teresa, Nuevo State, USA, and Ciudad Juarez, Chi State, on April 9 huahua in Mexico, 2018, where the US wants to build a 32 km long steel wall.
Mexico is conducting a comprehensive review of its cooperation with US neighbors, as it has come to "blatant" tensions with the government of Donald Trump, said the Foreign Minister on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (image credits should be given to HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP / Getty Images)
A US Border Guard is standing at the border fence on April 6, 2018 in Calexico, California.
US President Donald Trump said on April 5, 2018, he would send thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border, under pressure from his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto. The anti-immigration president said the deployment of the National Guard would range between 2,000 and 4,000 soldiers, and he would "probably" keep many border workers until his wall is built – a long mission.
/ AFP PHOTO / Sandy Huffaker (image credits should be SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP / Getty Images)
Border Patrol and the US Immigration and Customs Bureau held him for nearly a month. He was released on Tuesday.
Government inspectors have long warned of the bad conditions in the Border Patrol cells.
The authorities said Wednesday they are investigating and continuing to "work for the fair treatment of migrants in our detention".
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