Just in: Wildin Acosta, the nineteen-year-old Riverside High School student who was rounded up by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement in January, and who was scheduled to be deported today, won’t be. At least not yet.
According to a press release from Representative G.K. Butterfield, Acosta’s deportation has been put on hold pending an appeal.
“Through the night, I continued my efforts to persuade ICE Director Sarah Saldaña to reconsider her decision to not intervene in the deportation of Wildin Acosta. I was joined in this effort during the night by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-California) who is the Ranking Democrat on the Sub-Committeeon on Immigration and Border Security.
“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.
“On behalf of the Acosta family and their hundreds of friends in Durham, North Carolina and around the country, I extend my appreciation to the Obama Administration, Director Saldaña, and other senior officials responsible for border security for this most appropriate decision. 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.”
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.