On Friday, May 27, 2016, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will travel to Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, where Wildin Acosta, a Durham, North Carolina high school senior has been detained since late-January by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), whose congressional district includes Lumpkin, Georgia, will accompany Butterfield on his visit to Stewart Detention Center. While there, Butterfield and Bishop will speak directly with Wildin and update him on the actions taken to date as Butterfield continues to work to secure his release. Wildin and his attorney will talk with Butterfield and Bishop about the progress of his case and his pending appeal currently before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.
“It is important to me to ensure Wildin is being treated properly and cared for while he awaits a decision on his appeal,” said Butterfield. “At age 17, Wildin fled extreme violence in his native country of Honduras seeking refuge and a chance to rejoin his parents. The raids carried out by ICE have not only negatively impacted the individuals who have been detained and their families, but they have also created a deep fear and concern within our communities and schools.”
Butterfield’s trip to Stewart Detention Center follows his visit to Riverside High School in April to talk with students advocating for Wildin’s release. This week, Butterfield welcomed Riverside students and members of the Durham community to Capitol Hill, where they raised awareness to members of Congress and congressional staff about Wildin’s case and the negative impact ICE raids are having on communities and schools in North Carolina.
“I continue to believe strongly that ICE’s limited resources would be better utilized by focusing on dangerous criminals who pose a threat to our communities rather than mothers, children, high school students, and teenagers fleeing violence,” said Butterfield.