Reps. Butterfield and Price Issue Statement on the Deportation of Samuel Oliver-Bruno
DURHAM, N.C. - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) today issued the following statement in response to the deportation of Samuel Oliver-Bruno. On November 1, 2018, Reps. Butterfield and Price sent a letter to USCIS requesting deferred action from deportation for Mr. Oliver-Bruno and asking officials to use prosecutorial discretion in his case based on humanitarian considerations. After Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s petition for deferred deportation was denied, Reps. Butterfield and Price called on the Department of Homeland Security to reverse his order of removal.
“It is a sad day for Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s family and our community. So many, including local advocates, neighbors, friends, and people of faith all worked tirelessly on Samuel’s behalf to seek his release. As Durham’s representatives in Congress, we personally and persistently advocated for Samuel’s release at the highest levels of government. In particular, we insisted that top officials in the Trump Administration personally address statements from Mrs. Oliver-Bruno’s medical providers regarding her health condition. Those requests were ignored. All of us are extremely disappointed in the Department of Homeland Security’s refusal to use its discretionary authority to do what was right, just, and moral.
“We believe the actions taken by ICE and USCIS in Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s apprehension are extremely concerning and deserving of scrutiny. We will continue to seek a full investigation into the actions of both agencies leading up to Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s arrest on November 23, 2018. These actions will undoubtedly have a chilling effect, further driving people into the shadows of our society.
“We will continue to speak out and fight against the unjust and cruel immigration policies of the Trump administration that are unnecessarily tearing families apart.”