Border Protection detains 9-year-old US citizen during her inspection.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained a 9-year-old girl and U.S. citizen for more than 30 hours because she “provided inconsistent information during her inspection” at a port of entry, NBC7 reports.
Julia Isabel Amparo Medina is a Tijuana resident who attends school in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, CA. The girl was traveling with her mother Thelma Galaxia, her 14-year-old brother Oscar, a family friend, and her two children Monday morning on their way to school.
Galaxia told NBC7 that because traffic was moving slowly at the San Ysidro port of entry, the two women told the children to cross on foot instead so she could call them an Uber that would take them to school on time. (An estimated 25,000 people, including U.S.-born students living in Mexico, cross the border between Tijuana and San Ysidro on foot every day. The Medinas’ U.S. citizenship allows them the right to public education.)