Both entered illegally and were previously apprehended in Texas
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers arrested 2 previously removed Brazilian men attempting to board a flight to New York City.
Jose Aleandro De Araujo-Silva, 29, and Jose Mario Goncalves, 60, citizens of Brazil, will appear before Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin, to face separate charges for re-entering after a previous removal.
“Undocumented migrants and criminals seek different paths to reach the continental United States” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “CBP officers remain vigilant to arrest persons trying to elude detection in violation of federal law.”
Mr. De Araujo-Silva and Mr. Goncalves were found yesterday at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico, attempting to board a domestic flight bound to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Both presented a passport from Brazil as proof of identity, with no visa or entry stamp.
In secondary inspection, a biometric database revealed that Mr. De Araujo-Silva had been apprehended by Border Patrol near Brownsville, Texas and removed in 2010. In 2015, he was once again apprehended near Sarita, Texas.
In October 2015, Mr. De Araujo-Silva was convicted for illegal reentry in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas, and subsequently removed.
Mr. Goncalves was apprehended in 2003 near Abram, Texas and admitted returning on February 2016 illegally along with other migrants in western Puerto Rico.
CBP field operations officers presented both cases to Assistant US Attorney Evelyn Canals who accepted the case for prosecution.
If convicted, Mr. De Araujo-Silva could be fined, imprisoned not more than 2 years or both.
If convicted Mr. Goncalves could be fined, imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.