DURHAM, N.C. – Supporters of a North Carolina teen facing deportation to his native Honduras are holding a rally to call for his release from jail.
The rally in support of 19-year-old Wildin Acosta will be held Thursday in Durham. Supporters say he’s one of about 800 teenagers who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied children and have been detained or deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October.
Acosta is being held in a rural Georgia jail. He has said he fled Honduras after a gang member threatened to kill him.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield said Sunday that ICE issued an order preventing Acosta’s immediate deportation. Supporters say the stay was for one day so Acosta could file an appeal and that he could be deported any day.