Butterfield, Price Issue Statement on Samuel Oliver-Bruno's Denied Petition for Deferred Deportation
DURHAM, N.C. - On Monday, November 26, 2018, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) and Congressman David Price (D-NC-04) released the following statement after receiving notice from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s petition for deferred deportation has been denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and that ICE intends to immediately move forward with Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s deportation to Mexico. Samuel Oliver-Bruno was abruptly arrested by ICE agents on Friday, November 23, after being asked by USCIS to appear in their offices to further his legal petition for deferred deportation. On November 1, 2018, Reps. Butterfield and Price sent a letter to USCIS requesting deferred action from deportation for Mr. Oliver-Bruno and asked officials to use prosecutorial discretion in his case based on humanitarian conditions.
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s case exemplifies the anti-immigrant agenda of the Trump administration. Mr. Oliver-Bruno—a decades-long resident of North Carolina with no significant criminal history and a loving family that includes his U.S. citizen son—was forced into hiding, taking sanctuary in a church to avoid being deported and leaving his sick wife without medical care. He was given strict instructions to appear at a USCIS office to provide fingerprints for his application to defer his deportation, and when he did so, he was abruptly apprehended by ICE and shipped off to a detention facility to await a sham appeal. For one immigration agency under DHS to advise he follow a legal recourse, while another DHS agency plots to apprehend him in the process, is a miscarriage of justice.
"Since his arrest, we have continually reached out to the Department of Homeland Security to ascertain the circumstances of his arrest and advocate for his release while his case is adjudicated. We have been largely ignored or delegated to junior staff in this pursuit, all while USCIS was working behind the scenes to deny his appeal, which we received notice of late this evening.
"We are calling on Secretary Nielsen tonight to reverse Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s order of removal and will call for a full and thorough investigation into the Department’s improper efforts to apprehend Mr. Oliver-Bruno.”