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July 27, 2023Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston removes fugitive convicted of armed robbery in Brazil

BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston removed Fulvio Alexandre Oliveira Silva, 42, to Brazil on July 20 via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Air Operations after he received a final order of removal from a U.S. immigration judge. Oliveira was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2017.

“I’m proud of the excellent work our officers did in this case by locating, apprehending and removing this convicted foreign fugitive,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “Fugitive criminals should be fully aware: ERO Boston will seek out convicted violent criminals who are unlawfully present, and we will remove them.”

Oliveira, an unlawfully present fugitive, entered the country by crossing the United States-Mexico border on an unknown date.

In June 2020, Brazilian law enforcement authorities began actively seeking custody of Oliveira. ERO Boston officers arrested him on April 19, 2023, in Milford. He was held in ICE custody until he received an immigration hearing with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a separate entity from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE, where an immigration judge issued him a final order of removal.

ICE Air Operations facilitates the transfer and removal of noncitizens via commercial airlines and chartered flights in support of ICE field offices and other DHS initiatives. In fiscal year 2022, ERO conducted 72,177 removals to more than 150 countries worldwide.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the EOIR. 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.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form. Callers may remain anonymous.

For more news and information on how the ERO Boston field office carries out its immigration enforcement mission, follow us @EROBoston.

Updated: 07/27/2023