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

ERO Boston removes fugitive wanted for murder in Brazil

BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston removed Jaconias Rosa Pereira, 51, to Brazil on June 23. Pereira, an unlawfully present citizen and national of Brazil was wanted for homicide there.

“I am immensely proud of the ERO Boston officers who work every day to keep our community safe from dangerous foreign fugitives who believe that they can find safe haven in the United States,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “ERO Boston will continue to work to identify, arrest and remove public safety threats.”

Pereira unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date via the southwestern border. In August 2022, ERO Boston was notified that Pereira was wanted by Brazilian law enforcement authorities for murder. ERO Boston arrested Pereira without incident on Dec. 28, 2022, in Worcester. While in ERO Boston custody, Pereira attended a hearing before a federal immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which issued a final order of removal. Officials removed him to Brazil via ICE Air Operations on June 23.

ICE Air Operations facilitates the transfer and removal of noncitizens via commercial airlines and chartered flights in support of ICE field offices and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security 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 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.

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 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.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 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.

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

Updated: 06/29/2023