A wanted illegal immigrant has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Brazilian man, identified as Saulo Cardona Ferreira, is wanted in his home country for failing to serve a prison sentence for raping a 5-year-old child.
According to ICE, Ferreira had received multiple criminal convictions in 2019 for the heinous crime and had been sentenced to 14 years in prison in the town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil. However, he had fled the country and entered the United States illegally at an unknown time and place.
After evading Border Patrol as a “gotaway,” Ferreira was apprehended by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team during a vehicle stop in Martha’s Vineyard. The agency had launched an investigation after being alerted through a law enforcement data review about his potential presence in the area in September. He was arrested near his address on Nov. 14 and is currently in custody awaiting a court appearance before an immigration judge.
Ferreira’s case highlights the dangers posed by illegal immigrants with criminal histories entering the country. According to ICE, in FY 2022, the agency arrested 46,396 illegal immigrants with criminal histories, including 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses. The agency’s Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons emphasized the need to protect local communities from such predators, saying, “We will continue to apprehend and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice.”
NEW: ICE arrested a Brazilian illegal immigrant child rapist in Martha’s Vineyard after he illegally entered the U.S. as a “gotaway” without apprehension. Saulo Cardona Ferreira fled Brazil after being convicted in 2019 of raping a 5-year-old child. https://t.co/PLaOycQPeZ
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) November 21, 2023
The arrest in Martha’s Vineyard raises concerns about the Biden administration’s handling of the immigration crisis at the southern border. The U.S. is facing a historic influx of migrants, with over 249,000 migrant encounters reported in October alone. This comes after a record-high of 2.4 million encounters in the previous fiscal year. Many cities and states, including Massachusetts, have declared themselves overwhelmed and called for federal assistance to deal with the crisis.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently confirmed that there were over 600,000 “gotaways” in FY 23, raising concerns about the effectiveness of border security and immigration policies. This number is only expected to increase, with reports indicating more than 1,000 “gotaways” per day since the new fiscal year began in October.
The controversy surrounding Martha’s Vineyard in the past year also adds to the complexities of the immigration crisis. Last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew dozens of migrants to the liberal vacation destination, which sparked backlash and accusations of using the state as a “dumping ground” for migrants. However, there is no evidence to suggest a connection between those flights and Ferreira’s case.
The arrest of Ferreira serves as a reminder of the need to secure the U.S. borders and prevent dangerous criminals from entering the country illegally. It also highlights the importance of cooperation between federal and local authorities in addressing the ongoing immigration crisis. Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to face criticism and calls for action to address the escalating situation at the southern border.