US Reps: Deportation won’t happen until man’s claim is heard

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina congressmen say a Mexican immigrant who took refuge in a church for 11 months won’t be deported until immigration officials decide his pending request to stay in the U.S.

U.S. Rep. David Price tweeted Monday that he and fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield received assurances from immigration officials that Samuel Oliver-Bruno won’t be removed until his claim is settled.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed federal officials have agreed to allow the case to be completed, even though Oliver-Bruno could legally be deported now. Online records list Oliver-Bruno as being held in Georgia.

Oliver-Bruno was arrested Friday at an immigration office near Raleigh after he came to an appointment to discuss his application to stay in the U.S. with his wife and son.

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