(DailyVantage.com) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested an illegal immigrant from Brazil who committed heinous acts against a child. According to authorities, ICE arrested the Brazilian immigrant in the popular vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard after he successfully evaded Brazilian law enforcement by crossing into the United States.
ICE announced the arrest of Saulo Cardona Ferreira, a 37-year-old convicted of several crimes in Brazil, after a municipality in Brazil issued a warrant for his arrest. Brazilian authorities arrested Ferreira in 2019 for several offenses relating to the sexual assault of a 5-year-old child. Despite his conviction, Ferreira didn’t serve any time in prison and fled the country.
After fleeing Brazil, Ferreira crossed the United States via an unknown entry point. After successfully evading Border Patrol agents, Ferreira fled to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Authorities caught Ferreira after receiving an alert about his presence in the area, prompting an in-depth investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations Team.
Ferreira’s arrest is the latest in a string of apprehensions by ICE, marking a growing trend of criminals illegally crossing into the country. According to ICE’s statistics for 2022, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested more than 46,000 illegal immigrants with a criminal record. Of the 46,000 immigrants, more than 8,000 were arrested for offenses related to lewd behavior and assaults.
According to some reports, Ferreira might have spent years in the United States before being arrested by ICE. Ferreira’s presence in Martha’s Vineyard is also receiving national attention due to the controversy surrounding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to send illegal immigrants to the popular vacation spot. Despite DeSantis having sent dozens of illegal aliens to the luxury island, a connection between DeSantis’ policy and Ferreira is unlikely.
The United States is currently experiencing a historic immigration surge across the southern United States border, with Ferreira’s arrest serving as a stark reminder about the potential for criminals to immigrate into the country. According to immigration data, more than two million immigrants crossed into the United States in 2023. The growing immigration rate is prompting authorities from various states, including Massachusetts, to call for federal help due to immigration being a “federal problem.”
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