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Immigration Law

Congressional Pressure Brings Stay of Deportation for North Carolina Teen

Anne Blythe, News & Observer, Mar. 20, 2016- "The planned deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a Riverside High School student, was put on hold Sunday to give attorneys a brief window to appeal an immigration judge’s decision from late Friday.  Acosta, a 19-year-old native of Honduras, was in a detention center in Georgia when the announcement was made.  Though his friends and advocates in Durham were pleased with the news, they promised to keep rallying until Acosta is freed.  U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from Wilson whose district includes Durham, said on Sunday that he and California congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, worked through Saturday night to persuade Sarah Saldaña, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to intervene in the case.  Acosta’s arrest on Jan. 28 by ICE agents who picked him up on his way to school has highlighted the difficulties children have navigating the justice system after fleeing the violence that grips some Central American countries."

NOTE: Congressman Butterfield posted three press releases to his website, on March 18th, March 19th and March 20th.  Buried in the March 19th post is this nugget: "[ICE] Director Saldaña’s response was that the administrative decision [to deport Acosta] was rendered by the Department of Justice and not the Department of Homeland Security."