Rapists, Sex Offenders Among Those Illegally Entering U.S.

  • Rapists and sex offenders are among the most violent people illegally entering the U.S., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • They illegally enter to avoid punishment in their home country or illegally enter the U.S., commit violent offenses, and then attempt to flee back to their home country, agents say.
  • In one recent case, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations agents in Boston arrested a Brazilian man who illegally entered the U.S. and was wanted in Brazil for raping a 5-year-old.
  • The 37-year-old Brazilian man was arrested Nov. 14 on Martha’s Vineyard near his residence in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
  • Prior to illegally entering the U.S. during a previous administration, the Brazilian national was convicted on multiple counts for raping a child. After his convictions and before he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, he fled Brazil and illegally entered the U.S.