A Massachusetts court released an illegal migrant from Haiti after he was accused of raping and assaulting a disabled person, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Wednesday.
The Dorchester District Court released the Haitian national on Nov. 8 with an electronic monitor after ICE asked to take him into custody, according to ICE. The accused entered the U.S. at a port of entry in December 2022 in Brownsville, Texas, “where he was deemed inadmissible and issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in Boston.”
Boston police arrested the Haitian national in September 2023 for allegedly raping and assaulting the disabled person, according to ICE.
“Disturbingly and despite our filing an immigration detainer, this individual was released back into the community by the criminal court,” ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons said in a statement Wednesday.
“The men and women of ERO Boston continue to protect the community from those who pose a real public safety threat to our communities. We remain strongly committed to protecting residents in communities by apprehending those who are not lawfully present in this country and pose a threat to public safety. This remains central piece of our mission,” Lyons said.
ERO arrested 73,822 criminal noncitizens in fiscal year 2023, with more than 33,209 charges or convictions for assault, 7,520 for weapons offenses, 1,713 for homicide-related offenses, and 1,615 for kidnapping, according to ICE.
The Dorchester District Court did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
Jennie Taer on January 18, 2024