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March 1, 2024
|Statement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement provided an overview to stakeholders this week on the recently announced ERO eFile, a new web-based paperless system for immigration attorneys and accredited representatives to provide information about their eligibility to act on behalf of noncitizens in ICE custody through secure online communications. The ICE Office of Partnership and Engagement provided the overview of the new system to 170 stakeholders.
March 1, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston removed a Brazilian national convicted of raping a child in his home country. Deportation officers from ERO Boston removed Edimir Gustavo Eckelberg, 62, from the United States to Brazil Jan. 26. Eckelberg had been sought by Brazilian law enforcement authorities since his conviction for rape of a vulnerable child in May 2023. ERO Boston apprehended him Nov. 28, 2023, in Tewksbury.
March 1, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
Those included removal flights to Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and South Korea.
March 1, 2024
|Child Exploitation
On Aug. 2, 2023, HSI agents notified the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Apprehension Team that they had discovered Joshuah Cruz Eberhart, 25, of Clay Springs, was distributing child sex abuse material online.
March 1, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
Francisco Xavier Martins, 43, convicted of rape in Brazil, unlawfully entered the United States in May 2018 to avoid serving his prison sentence. Brazilian authorities have been seeking his custody since March 2019, and deportation officers from ERO Boston arrested him Dec. 5, 2023, in Malden.
March 1, 2024
|Partnership and Engagement
The leaders discussed myriad issues, but the most pressing matter was how ERO Baltimore and Montgomery County can more effectively communicate about enforcing U.S. immigration law.
March 1, 2024
|Statement
Engagement with elected officials is imperative to the business of government.
February 29, 2024
|Statement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Patrick J. Lechleitner met with House Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson yesterday.
February 29, 2024
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Charges unsealed Feb. 22 against Faustino Romero De La Cruz, 40, of Santa Barbara, allege that he organized the attempted smuggling of multiple unauthorized immigrants by boat on April 10, 2022, which resulted in the tragic drowning deaths of three passengers.
February 29, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE, a component agency of DHS, working in close coordination across the Department including with CBP, continued to facilitate removal flights of single adults and family units February 26 - 28.
February 29, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
The three women were charged with felony child endangerment; the alleged father was charged with manslaughter, three counts of second degree child abuse, and child endangerment.
February 29, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
Walter Gomes DaSilva, 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley to an additional decade in prison following his current state sentence.
February 28, 2024
|Statement
ICE continues to modernize the immigration system and realize cost efficiencies across the operational landscape while continuing to work with DHS leadership and Congress to secure resources.
February 28, 2024
|Statement
ICE ERO announced today a new web-based paperless system for immigration attorneys and accredited representatives to provide information about their eligibility to act on behalf of noncitizens in ICE custody through secure online communications. ERO eFile is another step in the agency’s commitment to modernizing the immigration system.
February 28, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO officers apprehended eight unlawfully present noncitizen sex offenders as part of a nation-wide law enforcement effort that netted 275 noncitizens that ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16.
February 28, 2024
|Statement
The South Texas Family Residential Center historically housed noncitizens in family groups.
February 27, 2024
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Luis Alberto Rivera-Leal aka Cowboy, 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to one count of conspiracy to transport noncitizens placing lives in jeopardy.
February 27, 2024
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
On Feb. 21, a federal grand jury indicted Jose Rene Murrieta, 30, of Nogales, on one count of smuggling goods from the United States, felony receipt of a firearm, and conspiracy to smuggle firearms out of the United States to promote a felony.
February 27, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
On Feb. 21, ERO Boston arrested an unlawfully present 34-year-old citizen of Guatemala in Gloucester who was recently convicted locally of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.
February 27, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Ryan N. Curving, a 50-year-old resident of Texas City, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 10 years in federal prison and was further ordered to pay $5,000 assessments to both the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act and the Amy, Vicky and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, for a total of $10,000 in penalties.
February 26, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE's ERO Philadelphia removed Miramar Martins De Brito, a citizen of Brazil with a final order of removal, to Brazil on Feb. 23. Martins is a foreign fugitive wanted by law enforcement authorities in Brazil for drug trafficking.
February 26, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Jesse James Bertetto, 30, of Webster, was also ordered to register as a sex offender and pay $74,500 in restitution after a federal jury found him guilty on April 12, 2023.
February 26, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
In January 2023, ERO Baltimore lodged an immigration detainer against the Honduran noncitizen with the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville. However, the Montgomery County Detention Center refused to honor the detainer and released the noncitizen from custody three weeks later.
February 26, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO Philadelphia removed Miguel Angel Hernandez Moreno, a citizen of Colombia with a final order of removal, to Colombia on Feb. 13.
February 26, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO Seattle arrested 12 noncitizens with sex offense-related convictions during a nationwide law enforcement effort that netted 275 noncitizens that ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16.
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