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Wildin Acosta Finally Graduated High School, A Year After ICE Detained Him

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Some people may believe that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suddenly ramped up detentions after Donald Trump became president. While there’s certainly an increase in detainments of undocumented immigrants, ICE has been rounding up people way before that, too. One such individual was detained last fall.

Wildin Acosta, a senior at Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina, faced deportation because he was affiliated with a gang.

El hondureño Wildin Acosta se perdió su graduación por estar en un centro de deportación

Posted by Noticiero Hoy Mismo on Thursday, June 9, 2016

The 19-year-old from Honduras had been living in Durham for three years before ICE officers detained him and threatened to deport him. Indy Week reported that Acosta and other undocumented teens were part of a gang known as the “NC6” that was targeted by ICE.

Acosta was detained in front of his home and taken to Stewart Detention Center, in Lumpkin, Georgia, for roughly 8 months, which meant he missed his graduation.

Hoy, en #noticias40, cancelan la cita que Wildin Guillén Acosta tenía hoy en la corte tras llegar a un acuerdo con #ICE…

Posted by Belén Gómez-Jordana on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A group of social activists, along with family and many from the area including school officials worked diligently to get him released.

Some also contributed to a fundraiser to pay his bond. They raised $11,870 from their $10,000 goal and were able to get him released.

A year later, he finally was able to get that high school diploma.

This is a huge step for me,” Acosta said according to Indy Week. “And I think this the first step to help me achieve my other goals.”

On August 30, Acosta will be back in court, and will possibly walk out with a work permit and approval of his asylum request.

Acosta was asked what his plans are now that he has graduated high school.

Acosta, who’s been close to deportation three times, replied: “You mean immediately, right? I’d like to take a break. Enjoy life a little bit.”

READ: Judge Says Immigration Officials Didn’t Follow Protocol With DREAMer Jessica Colotl

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Mexican-American Pre-Teen Knew How To Handle These Anti-Immigrant Trolls Taking Over At City Council Meetings

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Mexican-American Pre-Teen Knew How To Handle These Anti-Immigrant Trolls Taking Over At City Council Meetings

" El Conocimiento Es Poder" Un Niño con Attitude💪🏿Comparte El Video Talvez El Hijo De Algunos De Ustedes Que No Hablan Español se den Cuenta que con Dos Ideomas Nada te Va a Detener! Saludos a Joseph 5/7 El Plebe

Posted by RETEN on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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“Estas personas son maleducadas, y están peleando con un niño de doce años.”

The boy in the video above stood his ground when a grown man tried to verbally shout over him about his disdain for illegal immigration.

The 12-year-old activist from the video, Joseph Moreno, addressed the people in attendance at a city council meeting held in Huntington Park last Tuesday, where one notorious pro-Trump troll had to be escorted out by police. Afterward, another Trump supporter felt the need to shout at the attendees of the council meeting, while wearing a Trump flag and shouting anti-immigrant ideologies.

At one point, he yelled “American! American!” at the boy, who said, “Yes, I was born here, but my family is from Mexico.” The man continued to shout, “Do you even vote over there?” The boy had to remind the screaming man “I’d vote right now, but I can’t because I’m 12!”

The man claimed his mother “wasn’t upset” when President Trump said Mexico was sending their worst at the start of his presidential campaign. When Moreno quoted Trump’s hateful speech about Mexican’s being “rapists and drug dealers,” the unnamed man shouted back at him: “Are you a drug dealer and a rapist?” Moreno tried to get in a word, saying “I’m not…” before being interrupted by the adult man, who was recording him and pointing aggressively at him while shouting, “Then why are you putting that jacket on?”

This angle captured by someone else shows the man shouting “American! American!”

MUST WATCH! love this boy so much! ❤️. He gave an amazing speech at the podium at Huntington Park City Council Meeting. Mark my words.. he is a future leader! ✊🏼😊❤️

Posted by Veronica Tomas on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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The video also captures a woman on the side both praising the boy for being smart and not understanding really at all what he stands for, saying, “He’ll make a fine conservative Republican some day.” I guess she and I were watching two separate videos because this boy was clearly not on her side.

This story was brought to the attention of mitú by someone in attendance at the meeting who said, “These Trump supporters are showing up to our council meetings and harassing us (Latino community) including this little boy, Joseph Moreno.”

READ: A Texas Lawmaker Called ICE On Protesters — And All Hell Broke Lose

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