Teachers, education advocates mail detained Durham student homework

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham school teachers are making their second attempt to contact one of their students imprisoned Georgia.

Riverside High School teachers and education advocates gathered together and marched to the post office on East Chapel Hill Street Thursday afternoon to mail Wildin David Guillen-Acosta his homework.

Immigration officials arrested Acosta in January, accusing him of entering the country illegally from Honduras.

Organizers say Acosta is an 18-year-old senior at Riverside High School set to graduate in June, and that despite his imprisonment, he still wants to continue his education.

Teachers mailed Acosta his homework on February 19, but Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia refused the packages, said immigration advocate Viridiana Martinez.

“My understanding is that this immigration facility functions like most jails and prison in the United States and you can’t send things to people who are locked up without going through publishers,” said, Bryan Proffitt, president of the Durham Association of Educators, “which I think is an unfair and costly kind of way of controlling what folks on the inside get access to.”

Teachers and immigration advocates are pleading for Acosta’s release. They are planning to mail a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education.

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