Teen who fled Honduras released after months in federal jail


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A teen-ager in federal immigration custody since January is back in Durham with his family as he seeks asylum.

A group that advocates for undocumented immigrants announced Saturday that 19-year-old Wildin Acosta was released from Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia. His mother and members of Alerta Migratoria picked him up Friday, hours after paying his $10,000 bond in Charlotte.

Acosta fled Honduras in 2014 after he said a gang member threatened to kill him.

He was a senior at Riverside High and on his way to school when federal immigration agents arrested him. His deportation was temporarily halted in March.

Alerta Migratoria member Viridiana Martinez said a GoFundMe page quickly raised the bond money after a judge set it Wednesday. An immigration hearing has not been set.

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