BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested a previously removed, unlawfully present 39-year-old Brazilian national in Concord on Oct. 25. Local police have repeatedly charged the suspect with violent crimes.
The Brazilian national has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of assault and battery, home invasion, extortion, larceny, breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, operating a vehicle after license suspension, two counts of uttering false documents, and two counts of a false statement on an application. These charges followed several arrests by local authorities in the towns of Leominster and Framingham, beginning in September 2005 and continuing through October 2023.
“Unlawfully present foreign citizens facing violent criminal charges are not welcome in our communities,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “They pose a direct threat to the public safety of our residents and we will continue to seek and apprehend them. ERO Boston officers are serious about accomplishing our mission of protecting the safety of our communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the entire New England region. We will not relent in this mission.”
In April 2005, the Brazilian native unlawfully entered the United States through Hidalgo, Texas, and was issued a notice to appear at an immigration hearing. In May 2005, a Department of Justice immigration judge issued an order of removal in absentia for the Brazilian national.
ERO Boston issued an immigration detainer for the unlawfully present Brazilian in October 2010. He was arrested in December 2010 and removed from the United States to Brazil by ERO Boston in March 2011.
In September 2022, the Brazilian national unlawfully reentered the United States without authorization through Paso Del Norte, Texas. Massachusetts State Police arrested the Brazilian national Oct. 24, 2023, on prior outstanding criminal warrants for assault and battery and related charges. ERO Boston issued an immigration detainer with Massachusetts State Police for the Brazilian citizen and arrested him for immigration violations, including illegal reentry to the United States after prior deportation.
ERO Boston has reinstated his prior order of removal and he will remain in ERO Boston custody pending removal from the United States.
ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is a separate entity from DHS and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.
In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.
As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.
Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.
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