BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested an unlawfully present fugitive who is being sought by Brazilian law enforcement authorities for attempted murder in Brazil. The citizen of Brazil was arrested in Braintree on Sept 19.

“This dangerous fugitive is no longer a threat to the community because of the incredible dedication of the officers of ERO Boston,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “The residents of Braintree and the surrounding communities can rest more safely today because of this arrest. Foreign fugitives who try to avoid justice in their own country will not be allowed to use our communities to hide from their crimes.”

The 29-year-old Brazilian citizen entered the United States unlawfully in 2005, and U.S. Border Patrol arrested and released him. A federal immigration judge ordered him removed, which he did voluntarily sometime in 2012. He subsequently unlawfully reentered the United States again sometime prior to February 2019. The Brazilian fugitive is currently wanted for attempted murder by a criminal court in the city of Itambacuri in the Minas Gerais province of Brazil.

ERO Boston will seek his removal and he will remain in ICE custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

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 Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 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.

ERO officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement officials and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws.

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.

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