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Community keeps watch for Durham man detained by ICE

DURHAM, NC (WTVD) – Supporters packed the Citywell United Methodist Church on Saturday night to show their support for Samuel…

DURHAM, NC (WTVD) –

Supporters packed the Citywell United Methodist Church on Saturday night to show their support for Samuel Oliver-Bruno, the Mexican native living in Durham, detained Saturday by ICE.

“Tonight is a place for prayer and for complaints,” said Cleve May, a pastor at Citywell United Methodist Church, who helped lead the prayer guard.

Alerta Migratoria NC, a local immigrant advocacy group, said that the ICE agents of the complaints detained Oliver-Bruno Friday morning after USCIS requested him to act personally to give fingerprints. A necessary step for his petition for deferral expulsion.

“Something that this person Samuel did what he was required to do to get legal status,” declared Natalie Gonzalez, a pastor of the Citywell United Methodist Church, before Saturday’s event.

Jose Chicas supports Oliver-Bruno, but could not participate. He, like Oliver-Bruno until Friday, receives sanctuary.

He fled El Salvador in the 1

980s because of the country’s war and has lived in the United States for 34 years.

“He has a wife who is sick who needs him, and he has a son who is a student,” says Chicas, describing Oliver Bruno’s situation.

When we sat down with Chicas, pastor Isaac Villegas helped who was one of 27 people arrested during yesterday’s demonstration – to translate our interview.

Chicas told ABC 11 he received texts from friends who urged him to stay in after Oliver Bruno was imprisoned.

“There is a group of people behind them, “noted Gonzalez.

Supporters of Oliver-Bruno argue that he was still in refuge since church members followed him to his meeting.

ICE said that Oliver-Bruno’s case has been the subject of extensive appeals and he has no legal basis to stay in the country.

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