A Mexican father who hid out in a North Carolina church for near a 12 months to keep away from deportation was detained when he attended an appointment with immigration officers.

Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, had a scheduled assembly Friday at a Raleigh-area immigration workplace to supply fingerprints and focus on a petition to delay his deportation, in order that he may keep within the nation together with his spouse and son, who’s a US citizen, native retailers reported.

About 20 minutes after he walked into the workplace, plainclothes US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him.

The CityWell United Methodist Church’s pastor, Cleve Could, and greater than two dozen different individuals who’d accompanied Oliver-Bruno to the appointment surrounded the automotive taking Oliver-Bruno away and had been additionally arrested, CNN and the Effingham Each day Information newspaper reported.

The pastor mentioned church member feared the immigration appointment had been a entice arrange by ICE to nab Oliver-Bruno — who got here to Greenville NC., from Veracruz, Mexico greater than 20 years in the past.

Congressmen David Worth and G.Ok. Butterfield, each North Carolina Democrats, mentioned they had been “extraordinarily alarmed” by the detention.

“It seems ICE has acted in live performance with officers at USCIS, who instructed Mr. Oliver-Bruno to look at native USCIS places of work to debate his deferred deportation,” the lawmakers mentioned in an announcement.

Throughout his 11 months hiding out in residing quarters constructed for him contained in the church, Oliver-Bruno attended English courses, performed guitar and skim throughout companies.
“He helped assemble his residing quarters. He’s outstanding. He’s very beneficiant and sort,” Could instructed CNN.

Oliver-Bruno will stay in US detention in the course of his case.

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