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The North Carolina police arrested 27 people Friday to try and prevent an immigration and customs authority from leaving a Mexican man during an immigration appointment.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an unidentified Mexican citizen, arrived at the USCIS office in the United States in Morrisville at 8:45 pm for a biometric scan according to Alerta Migratoria, an immigrant rights advocacy organization in North Carolina. The scan was part of an application for deferred action, which would allow him to stay in the country, said the press release.
He was accompanied by community members including congregants from the CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham where he lived in “sheltered sanctuary” for almost a year. Oliver-Bruno “decided to participate in the appointment because this was his only alternative to being active in the immigration process, according to a statement from the Church.
Shortly thereafter he arrived at the USCIS office with his son Daniel, Oliver-Bruno arrested by forceful ICE officers who forced him into a van. Daniel, who was born in the United States, was also arrested for allegedly attacking an ICE officer.
A demonstrator arrested after Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, a well-known Mexican citizen, was arrested after arriving at a time with immigrants in Morrisville, NC, Friday, November 23, 2018. He had lived in the CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham since the end of 2017 to avoid the reach of immigration officers, who generally avoid making arrests in the churches. (Travis Long, AP)
Supporters waiting outside the office rushed to block the vehicle. The Morrisville police arrived on the scene around 9:15 pm according to a Facebook post from the department. After two hours of attempt to “de-escalate the situation and negotiate a peaceful resolution,” the police began catching more than 20 people who refused to leave.
At 11:25 am the truck was out of the area.
Cleve May, a pastor at CityWell, uploaded an hour’s long video of the meeting.
Congressmen David Price and G.K. Butterfield, both Democrats, released a joint statement saying that ICE seems to have coordinated with USCIS to target Oliver-Bruno.
“We are very concerned about Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s sudden grip,” read the statement. Oliver-Bruno was presented with a Catch-22 dilemma; In the worst case he was arrested. “
A group of people gathered Monday at the Wake Detention Center to protest against the detention of Oliver-Bruno, reported WRAL TV. Oliver-Bruno has been transferred to the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia according to ICE
Oliver-Bruno came to the United States 1994, to work in
Greenville CityWell, meeting his wife, Julia Perez Pacheco, who born his son in 1999.
Oliver-Bruno’s family moved back to Mexico, but after two years, Julia’s health decreased Julia, who is suffering from lupus, moved back to the United States with Daniel and later undergone open heart surgery. Oliver-Bruno tried to join the family a few months later and was imprisoned at the border.
He said he was later released on the move , which he said he was granted each year until November 2017.
Contributing: WCNC-TV, Charlotte
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