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September 28, 2023Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests fugitive Brazilian national wanted for murder in home country

BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested an undocumented noncitizen who is wanted in Brazil for homicide. Deportation officers from ERO Boston’s Fugitive Operations team, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations and detectives from the Edgartown Police Department, apprehended the 31-year-old Brazilian national in Edgartown Sept. 28.

“The arrest of this Brazilian noncitizen demonstrates our commitment to prioritizing enforcement and removal efforts against unlawfully present noncitizens who are wanted for crimes in their home countries,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “The cooperation with CBP Air and Marine Operations, as well as the Edgartown Police Department, was instrumental in successfully apprehending this individual. We are appreciative of the Edgartown Police Department’s ongoing support of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”

The Brazilian national unlawfully entered the United States as a minor on Dec. 5, 2007, and was apprehended by U. S. Border Patrol at that time, placed into removal proceedings and released. The noncitizen was ordered removed in absentia by an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) on June 17, 2008.

The Brazilian noncitizen filed a motion to reopen and rescind removal order on July 17, 2008, which was granted on August 15, 2008. He was again ordered removed in absentia by an immigration judge with EOIR on Jan.15, 2009. The individual self-removed from the United States on Aug. 14, 2009, through the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York.

The undocumented noncitizen unlawfully reentered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown location without being inspected, admitted or paroled by an immigration official after he self-removed on Aug. 14, 2009. He will remain in custody pending his removal from the United States.

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 EOIR. EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ERO officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

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.

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.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

Learn more about ERO Boston’s mission to preserve public safety on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROBoston.