Nearby here, Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an undocumented immigrant living in a sanctuary church for the last year, was lured out by USCIS yesterday, under the pretense that they needed to get his fingerprints for his petition to stay. Upon appearing for his appointment, he was arrested by plain clothes ICE officers in an apparent entrapment. Reps. David Price and GK Butterfield have previously called for deferred action in Oliver-Bruno’s case as his wife has lupus, among other health conditions, and he is the sole breadwinner for their household. Oliver-Bruno was accompanied to the appt. by local pastors. 26 protesters were arrested by local police at the scene of the detainment.

Although this man is living in the country illegally, such crimes are subject to discretion in their prosecution and this case certainly seems to be one that requires a measure of clemency. It is unfortunate that government resources are being used to target individuals like this.

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