Butterfield Advocates for Wildin Acosta
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield today released the following statement regarding Wildin Acosta’s detainment by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“After learning of Mr. Acosta’s detainment in mid-February, my senior staff in Washington have been working to stop deportation proceedings until all his pending motions are heard and he has every opportunity to present his case. Wildin Acosta and other young people like him fled extreme violence and mayhem in Central America in search of refuge and a better life in the United States. I believe that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) limited resources would be better utilized focusing on dangerous criminals who pose a threat to our communities rather than high school students and teenagers trying to make better lives for themselves.
“Over the past few days, I have spoken with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña, and officials at the highest levels of the White House to express my displeasure with the continued detention of Wildin Acosta and the other North Carolina teenagers currently in ICE detention. During my conversations, I insisted that Mr. Acosta not be deported this Sunday and requested his release so he can have a fair shot at presenting his case for asylum. I have been given assurances by ICE Director Sarah Saldaña that a decision will be made regarding Mr. Acosta’s case by the end of today.”