Advocates Question Durham Teen's Treatment In Detention Facility

Jun 21, 2016

Earlier this year, Wildin David Guillen Acosta, 19, was detained by ICE on his way to school.
Credit Courtesy of the Acosta family

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.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Acosta's attorney, Evelyn Smallwood, about the latest in his case. He continues the conversation with WRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and immigration attorney Brian Hoffman.

Read the open letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson here.