By Eleanor Wertman, MPH
During Congressman GK Butterfield’s recent town hall, Rosa Parra confronted the representative to demand action on the case of her son, Appalachian State student Nestor Avila. Mr. Avila’s foot was injured when he was detained during an ICE raid and is currently imprisoned in Georgia. Ms. Parra reports that her son has a bone infection in his foot but is not receiving proper treatment. Read more about Nestor and how he was severely injured in a road-rage assault while he was in the custody of ICE. At the town hall, Butterfield promised action on Mr. Avila’s case.
We followed up with his office to check in. Butterfield’s aide reported that they can’t call ICE about Mr. Avila until his mother submits a privacy release form, as Mr. Avila is legally an adult. Ms. Parra is working with her attorney to get this form sorted out, and after that Rep. Butterfield will file a congressional inquiry into Mr. Avila's case. We’ll continue watching Nestor’s case closely in the coming weeks and will follow-up with Rep. Butterfield's commitment to demand ICE release Nestor.