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BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston officers arrested an unlawfully present Salvadoran national in Hyannis on June 13. Local police recently arrested the man on multiple sexual assault felony charges.

“ERO Boston officers are dedicated to protecting the members of our community from unlawfully present suspected sexual predators,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “Our residents can rest more peacefully knowing that this suspected predator is off the streets of their neighborhood. ERO Boston continues to stand ready to apprehend and remove those who pose threats to our public safety.”

The 53-year-old citizen of El Salvador, who unlawfully entered the United States across the southern border in December 1988, was arrested by local police April 4 and released pending his criminal court hearing. He was charged with and arraigned in local criminal court on multiple felony charges, including assault to rape; indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over; and kidnapping. ERO Boston officers arrested the Salvadoran citizen in Hyannis for his immigration violations and he will remain in custody pending an upcoming 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 Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) within the Department of Justice. EOIR is a separate entity from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is removable 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, 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.

As one of ICE’s 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.

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