But Samuel is gone. The 47-year-old walked out the door of his basement apartment a month ago and never came back.
The story of Samuel Oliver-Bruno and the church that tried to protect him made national news.
Videos of his arrest at an immigration office went viral. So did the images of religious leaders, church members and supporters locking arms as they surrounded an ICE van in a standoff that lasted hours.
But there was another circle of people you didn't see that day.
They were inside other churches just miles away, glued to their phones and laptops, filled with a growing sense of dread.
They panicked as they watched live video of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents handcuffing their friend and taking him into custody.
They grieved when they learned he'd been deported to Mexico less than a week later.
And they faced a harrowing question that's still haunting them as they prepare to spend another Christmas inside churches they're afraid to leave:
Will I be next?
"We are in the same situation," says Juana Tobar Ortega, who's been living in a North Carolina church for nearly 19 months. "And we see that things are getting worse."
A community shaken
One by one, the announcements of immigrants taking shelter in churches fell like dominoes across the country after President Trump took office.
His administration's crackdowns triggered a new chapter in a movement that began in the 1980s with congregations across the US sheltering Central American immigrants facing deportation.
Nearly two years into Trump's presidency, about 50 people are living in sanctuary inside churches nationwide, according to Church World Service.
They are searching for solutions to their immigration cases and hoping ICE will stick to its policy of not arresting anyone
in "sensitive locations" -- schools, hospitals or houses of worship -- except in extenuating circumstances
While only a sliver of churches have joined the sanctuary movement, advocates say it's growing -- and North Carolina has been fertile ground.
Churches in some of the state's more liberal-leaning cities led the way. Two churches in Greensboro first opened their doors. Then congregations in the Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill followed suit.
For much of this year, according to one nonprofit
, North Carolina was the state with the largest number of churches hosting immigrants in sanctuary.
CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham was among them. That's where Samuel Oliver-Bruno took sanctuary. His sudden arrest at a US Citizenship and Immigration Services office, where he'd been asked to give fingerprints as part of his ap