More and more stories have been bubbling up detailing how ICE, CBP, and other law enforcement officers are ignoring laws, flouting guidelines, and otherwise overstepping their authority to round up anyone they think might be an undocumented immigrant. These stories coupled with reports of the squalid conditions of border detention centers many are calling “concentration camps” have shocked the consciences of many Americans, including Democratic lawmakers.

Recently, U.S. citizen Francisco Galicia was released from CBP custody after spending over three weeks in a detention center where he lost 26 pounds. Galicia had a U.S. birth certificate and passport, but law enforcement officials ignored his documents. Now, according to a woman’s viral thread on Twitter, we have one more instance of a U.S. citizen being detained despite documentation of his citizenship.

In a story similar to Galicia’s, Twitter user @WeirdHonie shared how ICE officers picked up her brother—who she says is a U.S. citizen—in a heartbreaking thread that quickly went viral.

According to the woman, her brother was pulled over, racially profiled for his last name, and arrested on the spot.

Just like in the case of Francisco Galicia, her brother’s valid U.S. passport made no difference to law enforcement.

According to the woman, they subjected her brother to a series of humiliating questions.

She went on to share just how frightening this is. Immigration and law enforcement officials are increasingly overstepping their authority to round up, detain, and interrogate people of color—even U.S.-born citizens.

She says they eventually let her brother go. Unlike Galicia, he didn’t spend over three weeks suffering in a detention center.

She went on to caution others to learn their rights in order to combat immigration officials determined to violate them.

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She closed by sharing a text conversation with her brother. He seems pretty rattled by the whole situation and just wanted a drink to forget about it.

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Border Patrol, ICE, and other law enforcement agencies seem increasingly emboldened to violate the Constitutional rights of black and brown people, and that should frighten all of us.

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*First Published: July 27, 2019, 12:28 pm