Butterfield Applauds Board of Immigration Appeals’ Decision to Grant Wildin Guillen Acosta’s Appeal

Jul 19, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement after receiving news that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruled in favor of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a Durham, North Carolina high school senior from Honduras:

“I am overjoyed that the BIA decided to reopen Wildin’s case, giving him an opportunity to finally be heard and have his application for asylum adjudicated.  After nearly six months in detention, it’s time for Wildin to come home to Durham.  To that end, I have sent a written request to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña urging that she immediately exercise her existing statutory authority to release Wildin on his own recognizance.

“Although the BIA’s decision is a victory for Wildin and his family, Riverside High School, the City of Durham, and the many advocates who have been fighting on behalf of Wildin since his detainment by ICE officials in late-January, our work is not done until he returns home.

“Today, I celebrate the BIA’s decision with Wildin’s friends and family in Durham and around the country, but I will keep fighting for him until he is home where he belongs.”