Samuel was asked to report to a federal office in Morrisville, NC for an appointment on November 23rd to provide a biometrics scan that is required to process his application to remain the US.
Samuel decided to attend the appointment because this was his only option to remain active in the immigration process. Throughout the morning and up to the moment of arrest, Samuel was surrounded by the public assembly and sanctuary of his church. Tragically, our worst fears came to pass as ICE officers in plain clothes were waiting for Samuel to arrive and arrested him soon after he stepped into the building. Samuel’s son, Daniel, was also arrested under the allegation that he assaulted an ICE officer.
Of great concern is that Samuel’s arrest was a major departure from ICE policy to avoid enforcement actions in sensitive locations. Samuel was surrounded by his church community and a large public demonstration of support. ICE policy specifically states that churches and public demonstrates are sensitive locations.
In an act of civil disobedience, Samuel’s supporters surrounded the ICE vehicle that was transporting him to the ICE detention facility. Local police were called in and told the crowd to disperse. After two hours, local police began to arrest people, and Samuel was taken to the detention center. In total, 29 people were arrested, nine of whom are part of the CityWell Family: Samuel and Daniel Oliver-Bruno, Corey Summers, Cleve May, Dave Swanson, Ismael Ruiz-Millan, Josh Kamrass, Michelle Jones, and Scott West.