Nearly 30 people were arrested outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Morrisville, North Carolina on Friday.
“Morrisville police confirmed 27 people were arrested during a demonstration to support Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an undocumented immigrant who was detained by ICE during his appointment at the immigration office on Friday,” according to an ABC11 report.
Immigration officials requested that Oliver-Bruno come to the office for a biometrics appointment, where he was apprehended for a previous conviction stemming from using fraudulent documentation to enter the country illegally.
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno is a convicted criminal who has received all appropriate legal process under federal law, has no outstanding appeals, and has no legal basis to remain in the U.S,” according to an ICE statement. “Mr. Oliver-Bruno was initially arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, in May 2014 while attempting to illegally enter the U.S. using fraudulent identity documents.”
Demonstrators reportedly surrounded the van in which Oliver-Bruno was placed after his arrest, barring it from leaving the immigration office. After 3o minutes and two ignored dispersement orders, Morrisville police arrested several members of the crowd.
Oliver-Bruno’s son was arrested for allegedly assaulting a government official, according to the report.
“Protesters moved to an ICE field office and Cary and the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh to show their support for Oliver-Bruno and those arrested,” the report concluded.
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