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March 10, 2017Newark, NJ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE arrests Brazilian national released from local custody after detainer request ignored

NEWARK, N.J. — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Brazilian after he was released from the custody of Burlington County.  The county failed to honor a detainer lodged by ICE.  

ICE filed the detainer on July 11, 2016, on Denner Dos Santos, 22, a Brazilian national. He was released July 12, 2016, from Burlington County custody.

ICE officers arrested Dos Santos on Feb. 22, in Mount Holly.  He will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

“As a nation, we must protect the integrity of our immigration system and the removal of illegal aliens, especially those with a criminal history — this is one of ICE's top priorities," said John Tsoukaris, ERO Newark field office director. “ICE shares the county’s ultimate objective to protect public safety and national security while simultaneously preserving the critical community-police bond. As such, county jails that fail to work with ICE put their communities at risk.”

In fiscal year (FY) 2016, ICE removed or returned 240,255 individuals. Of this total, 174,923 were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 65,332 were apprehended in the interior of the United States, and the vast majority were convicted criminals.

Updated: 11/19/2020