Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) introduced this week that it arrested an unlawful immigrant Brazilian fugitive needed in his house nation for failing to serve a jail sentence for raping a 5-year-old youngster in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
ICE stated the Brazilian, recognized as 37-year-old Saulo Cardona Ferreira, had obtained “multiple criminal convictions” in Brazil in 2019 for raping the kid and had been sentenced to 14 years in jail, however he had fled the nation. The city of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, had issued a warrant for his arrest.
The company stated that at an unknown time and place, he entered the U.S. illegally, which means he evaded Border Patrol as a “gotaway.”
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He was apprehended by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team within the Massachusetts trip spot throughout a car cease. A spokesperson stated that after being alerted by way of a regulation enforcement knowledge evaluate to his potential presence within the space in September, ICE started an investigation and apprehended him close to his handle on Nov. 14.
He is now in custody awaiting a court docket look earlier than an immigration choose.
“This undocumented Brazilian national represented a significant threat to the inhabitants of Martha’s Vineyard,” ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons stated in a press release.
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“He sexually assaulted a five-year-old child in his homeland and then ran from authorities when held accountable for his actions. ERO Boston will not allow such predators to threaten our residents. We will continue to apprehend and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice,” he stated.
ICE stated that in FY 2022, it arrested 46,396 unlawful immigrants with felony histories, which included 8,164 intercourse and sexual assault offenses.
Martha’s Vineyard was on the heart of migration-related controversy final 12 months when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew dozens of migrants to the liberal trip vacation spot. However, there seems to be no connection between these flights and Cardoso Ferreira — who probably arrived years earlier.
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The arrest comes because the U.S. stays within the throes of a historic disaster on the southern border. There have been greater than 249,000 migrant encounters in October after a historic 2.4 million seen in FY 23. Cities have declared themselves overwhelmed, with Massachusetts officers additionally calling for extra federal assist as they face what they are saying is a “federal problem.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed lately that there have been greater than 600,000 gotaways in FY 23, and Fox News reported that there have been greater than 1,000 a day because the new fiscal 12 months started in October.