BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested an unlawfully present citizen of Cape Verde, who was convicted of charges including possession with intent to distribute cocaine, larceny and receiving stolen property, in Brockton, Massachusetts, May 15.
The 23-year-old native of Praia, Cape Verde, entered the U.S. under a conditional status in February 2017, and had that status revoked by immigration officials in 2020. He was issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge and ERO Boston issued an immigration detainer for him following his arrest on charges in 2021. He faces local criminal charges of armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a large capacity firearm without a license, possession of ammunition and trespassing. ERO Boston arrested him without incident.
“Those who take advantage of our immigration system and then commit serious crimes present a real threat to the public. ERO Boston will not allow individuals who are unlawfully present with violent, criminal histories to pose a public safety threat to our communities,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “Our commitment to protecting our communities from public safety threats remains strong. We will not relent in upholding our mission of keeping communities safe.”
Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (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. Once a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge or other lawful means, ICE officers may carry out the removal.
ERO officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement officials in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws.
As part of its mission to identify and arrest removable noncitizens, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodges immigration detainers against noncitizens who have been arrested for criminal activity and taken into custody by state or local law enforcement. An immigration detainer is a request from ICE to state or local law enforcement agencies to notify ICE as early as possible before a removable noncitizen is released from their custody. Detainers request that state or local law enforcement agencies maintain custody of the noncitizen for a period not to exceed 48 hours beyond the time the individual would otherwise be released, allowing ERO to assume custody for removal purposes in accordance with federal law.
Detainers are a critical public safety tool because they focus enforcement resources on removable noncitizens who have been arrested for criminal activity. Detainers increase the safety of all parties involved — ERO personnel, law enforcement officials, the removable noncitizens and the public — by allowing an arrest to be made in a secure and controlled custodial setting as opposed to at-large within the community. Since detainers result in the direct transfer of a noncitizen from state or local custody to ERO custody, they also minimize the potential that an individual will reoffend. Additionally, detainers conserve scarce government resources by allowing ERO to take criminal noncitizens into custody directly rather than expending resources locating these individuals at-large.
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.
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Originally published at https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-boston-arrests-unlawfully-present-cape-verde-citizen-convicted-multiple-criminal