A 22-year-old immigration activist was released from a detention center three months after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after Redskins cornerback Josh Norman helped pay his $50,000 bail, according to NFL.com.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis also contributed to helping pay for bail.
Jose Bello was arrested less than two days after reading a poem criticizing the country's current immigration practices at a board of supervisors meeting, according to the report. The poem was written after his detainment by ICE in 2018.
“We demand our respect. We want our dignity back. / Our roots run deep in this country, now that’s a true fact … We don’t want your jobs," the poem read according to The Guardian. "We don’t want your money. / We’re here to work hard, pay taxes, and study.”
“I’m here to let you know, we want to feel safe – whether we’re Brown, Asian, or Black,” wrote Bello.
Norman and Davis teamed up with the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and the National Bail Network to pay off Bello's bail.
"We're always searching for a place where we can be of service, and this was one of those places," Norman told NFL.com on Tuesday. "Because of the indecency of what's going on with these people -- not just these people, but the immigration issue overall -- we felt compelled to get involved.
"They're fighting against a force that's almost immovable, that's attempting to silence them," he continued. "So we're trying to help the ones that do have a voice so they can be heard. It's crazy that now our First Amendment right is being challenged, and we want to be on the right side of history."
This is not the first time Norman and Davis have teamed up to help immigrants. Last summer, the two of them bought care packages for struggling migrant children and families that were recently released from detention centers all across Texas.
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