BOSTON — Deportation officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Deportation Operations in Boston arrested six illegally present noncitizens convicted of sex offenses during a statewide law enforcement operation Oct. 22-Nov. 4. Law enforcement operations conducted by ERO resulted in a total of 138 arrests nationwide, including some with an enforceable final deportation order.
“Today there are fewer convicted sex offenders in our communities because of the work of officers at ERO. Public safety is our top priority, and this operation exemplifies our goal of getting predators and those perpetrators of sexual violence off the streets,” said Todd Lyons, director of ERO’s Boston office.
This enforcement action was carried out to deal with illegally present non-citizens convicted of sex crimes. Cases amenable to federal prosecution may be referred to the appropriate US Attorney’s office. The individuals listed here will remain in ICE custody pending the immigration process.
ERO arrested the following individuals in the Boston Field Office’s area of responsibility, which encompasses all of New England:
- A 29-year-old Jamaican citizen of Waterbury, Connecticut, found guilty of two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault by the Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut
- A 48-year-old Guatemalan citizen in Danbury, Connecticut, was convicted by the Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury of voyeurism, causing harm to the child and violating the suspended sentence
- A 26-year-old Honduran citizen of Portland, Maine, convicted in Kennebec County Court in Augusta, Maine of two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor
- A 35-year-old Brazilian national in Lowell, Massachusetts, who was convicted of indecent assault and assault on a child under the age of 14 by the Lowell, Massachusetts District Court
- A 24-year-old El Salvadoran resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, convicted of indecent assault and assault on a child under the age of 14 by the New Bedford, Massachusetts District Court
- A 27-year-old El Salvadoran resident of Revere, Massachusetts, who was convicted of criminal possession of child pornography by Malden Circuit Court in Medford, Massachusetts
ICE officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, based on their experience as law enforcement officers, and in a manner that best protects against the greatest threats to the home country.
Noncitizens involved in deportation proceedings receive their legal process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review. EOIR is an agency within the US Department of Justice and separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges at these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers execute deportation decisions made by federal immigration judges.
In fiscal year 2021, ERO arrested 12,025 people with serious crime convictions. Offenses related to non-citizens arrested in FY2021 included 1,506 homicide-related offenses, 3,415 sexual assaults, 19,549 assaults, 2,717 robberies and 1,063 kidnappings.
ICE’s ERO Board of Directors upholds US immigration law, inside and outside our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats such as convicted criminal non-citizens and gang members, as well as individuals who have otherwise violated our country’s immigration laws, including individuals who have returned to the country illegally after being deported and immigrant refugees who were ordered by federal immigration judges to be deported. ERO Deportation Officers assigned to Interpol also assist in targeting and apprehending foreign fugitives or arrest and deportation cases of fugitives wanted for crimes committed abroad who are now at large in the United States. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bail management, supervised release, transportation, and deportation. In addition, ERO repatriates non-citizens ordered for deportation from the United States to more than 170 countries around the world.
Members of the public may report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or by filling out the online tip form.
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