DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat, announced Sunday that Durham teenager Wildin David Guillen-Acosta will not be deported.
An immigration judge previously denied the Riverside High School student’s appeal to stay the deportation and he was scheduled to return to Honduras Sunday.
In a statement obtained by CBS North Carolina, the congressman said, “This morning, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña issued an order preventing the deportation of Wildin Acosta until the legal process can take place in an orderly manner.”
Guillen-Acosta was going to school in Durham until immigration officials took him into custody in late January. He is being held at a facility in Georgia.
In a previous statement to CBS North Carolina, ICE Deputy Press Secretary Jennifer Elzea said, “Wildin David Guillen-Acosta, a 19-year-old Honduran national, was taken into U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) custody Jan. 28, 2016, in the parking lot of his residence. Mr. Guillen-Acosta falls within an ICE priority category due to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge in March 2015.”
Over the weekend, several groups petitioned Congressman Butterfield to take a look at Guillen-Acosta’s case and plead on his behalf to have his deportation stayed.
The North Carolina democrat said in his statement Sunday that the order preventing the 19-year-old’s deportation, “It will unquestionably result in the protection of Wildin Acosta from further violence in his native country of Honduras. It is my hope that he will be eventually granted asylum in the United States.”