9-Year-Old Detained at Border for Giving ‘Inconsistent Info’


San Ysidro border crossing.

San Ysidro border crossing.
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After U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers struggled to identify a 9-year-old girl’s identity at the border, they detained her for more than 30 hours for providing information they say was “inconsistent” — a decision they stand by, NBC reports.

On Monday, a woman named Thelma Galaxia asked her friend Michelle Cardenas if she could drive her two children from their home in Tijuana to their schools in San Ysidro that morning. The trip started off as a routine one for her 9-year-old daughter Julia Isabel Amparo Medina and 14-year-old son Oscar Amparo Medina, both of whom are passport-holding U.S. citizens. But when they got in a long, slow-moving line to cross the border at 4 a.m., Cardenas told her two kids and Galaxia’s to just walk across the border — and then, the Medinas ran into trouble.

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