Illegal alien detained at appointment with immigration officials after hiding in sanctuary church for 11 months

Hang on, it looks like we might have written the headline to this piece without consulting the latest guidance from the AP and other authorities. Perhaps it should read, “Undocumented immigrant refugee father detained by ICE, which many seek to abolish.”

Anyway, here’s how CBS News put it:

Nope, looks like we got it right the first time: illegal alien detained by ICE.

What has people up in arms is that Samuel Oliver-Bruno was detained during a scheduled appointment with immigration officials. CBS News reports:

The advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC said in a statement that Oliver-Bruno went to have fingerprints taken so he could apply to stay in North Carolina with his wife and son. He has been living in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham since late 2017 to avoid the reach of immigration officers, who generally avoid making arrests at churches and other sensitive locations.

ICE detained him when he went to be fingerprinted? That’s cold.

Oh, that.

ICE said Oliver-Bruno, who has lived in North Carolina for two decades, had no legal basis to be in the U.S. and had exhausted his “extensive” appeals. Oliver-Bruno pleaded guilty in 2014 to using false documents to try to re-enter the U.S. in Texas after a trip outside the country, according to court documents.

So he wasn’t undocumented, technically; it’s just that his documents were fake.


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