Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained 19-year-old Wildin Acosta as he was leaving his home in Durham.
Acosta has been held in a detention facility for nearly five months while he waits for an immigration hearing. The Corrections Corporation of America says he was recently held in "restrictive housing" for nine days for three alleged citations. CCA says the disciplinary action follows ICE detention standards.
Advocates for Acosta question whether it was retaliation for the high-profile nature of his case. Congressman G.K. Butterfield has advocated for Acosta's release on the House floor. And Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about the time an immigrant may be held in detention facilities.
Read the open letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson here.