ERO New York City arrests foreign fugitive wanted in Brazil for rape of minor

NEW YORK – On March 6, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City deportation officers arrested an international fugitive wanted in Brazil for rape and carnal abuse of a minor.

The 32-year-old citizen of Pakistan and permanent resident of Brazil reported to the ERO New York City field office pursuant to bond demand without incident. The noncitizen’s bond was canceled, and they were remanded into custody pending a decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals. The noncitizen will remain in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody without bond pending removal proceedings.

“ERO New York City continues to protect communities by apprehending foreign fugitives who attempt to seek refuge in the United States after committing heinous crimes in other countries,” said ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo. “ERO will relentlessly pursue predators who engage in criminal behavior against children and remove them from our communities.”

On April 15, 2017, U.S. Border Patrol encountered the noncitizen at or near Hidalgo, Texas, upon entering the United States without inspection and served the individual with Form I-860, Notice and Order of Expedited Removal for violation of Section 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(I) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. The noncitizen claimed a fear of returning to Pakistan and was released on bond pending a hearing before an immigration judge.

On Aug. 4, 2020, an immigration judge ordered the noncitizen removed. The noncitizen filed appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals on Aug. 28, 2020.

On Jan. 31, the Assistant Attaché for Removal in Brazil’s area of responsibility notified ERO New York City that Brazilian authorities had issued an arrest warrant for noncitizen for rape.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Executive Office of Immigration Review is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. 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.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

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