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Congressmen decry detention of immigrant who left church

In this Dec. 13, 2017, photo Samuel Oliver-Bruno glances back before preparing for interviews after the press conference held at CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C. Oliver-Rruno, who sought refuge from deportation at the church for 11 months was arrested Friday after arriving at an appointment with immigration officials. (Casey Toth/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina congressmen are slamming the Trump administration as “callous” and “cruel” after an immigrant who sought refuge from deportation in a church was arrested after arriving at an appointment with immigration officials.

Democratic Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield said Mexican national Samuel Oliver-Bruno appeared to have been entrapped by federal officials when was detained Friday at a Raleigh-area immigration office.

The advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC said Oliver-Bruno went to have fingerprints taken so he could apply to stay in North Carolina with his wife and son. He spent 11 months in a Durham church to avoid immigration authorities.

Price and Butterfield they will fight to keep Oliver-Bruno with his family and have received assurances from ICE that he will remain in U.S. while his case is adjudicated.

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