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NFL Players Help Make Bail For Bakersfield Activist Detained After Reading Poem Critical Of ICE

A Bakersfield College student and farmworker who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after publicly reading a poem critical of the agency was released Monday afternoon after two NFL players and immigration advocacy organizations posted his bail. After ICE arrested Jose Bello on May 15, his bond was set at $ 50,000. NFL players Josh Norman and Demario Davis both pitched in to pay for the bond. The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and The National Bail Fund Network also contributed. Bello told Valley Public Radio it’s a “big honor” that NFL players and both organizations helped bail him out of the Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield. He said he feels “blessed” and “privileged.” “Jose Bello was exercising a fundamental right that we pride ourselves on as Americans,” said Norman, a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, in a statement. “If he was detained for reciting a peaceful poem then we should really ask ourselves, are our words truly free? This is America right?
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