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4 NYC migrants squatters busted in Bronx house missed ICE appointments

Four of the migrant squatters arrested at a Bronx home on gun and drug charges failed to show up for appointments with Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being released into the United States, the agency revealed on Wednesday.

And at least three of the eight Venezuelan migrants arrested by New York police during the March 27 raid on the multi-family home have previously had run-ins with law enforcement, ICE also confirmed.

Yoessy Pino Castillo, Yojairo Martinez, Javier Alborno and Yerbin Lozado-Munoz, 25, were all detained by the US Border Patrol in Texas between September 2022 and May 2023, but were later released due to overcrowding at processing centers .

Johan Cardenas Silva was also taken into custody in October 2022 in the Lone Star State and ordered deported, ICE said.

The following March, an immigration judge determined that Silva should be deported from the United States, but seven months later the 35-year-old was released from the Stewart County Detention Center on a supervision order for introduce yourself to the Big Apple.

Federal agents escort a person out of a Bronx home where illegal migrant squatters live in the basement, April 3, 2024. Matthew McDermott

Once in New York, Silva failed to appear for an appointment for execution and removal, ICE said.

And the other four didn’t show up for their treatment appointment.

Upon registration, migrants are supposed to file an asylum application, for example, and tell authorities where they are staying. Immigration officials can then determine what level of surveillance is required.

New York police raided the multi-family home on March 27. James Keivom
Hector Desousa-Villalta was previously arrested by the US Border Patrol on May 3, 2023. Obtained by NY Post

Meanwhile, Hector Desousa-Villalta, 24, who allegedly brandished a gun at someone on the Bronx property last Wednesday, leading to the astonishing discovery of a squatter, was arrested by the US Border Patrol on May 3 2023.

Desousa-Villalta received a summons to appear in court before being fired on his own recognizance, ICE said. He is one of three migrants who have already been arrested before the eight Venezuelans were charged on gun and drug charges.

Desousa-Villalta was arrested and charged with attempted murder by Yonkers police last year, but the case was later dropped because the victim would not cooperate, the NYPD patrol chief previously said, John Chell.

Alborno had the longest criminal record, beginning in March 2023 when the New York Police Department arrested him for petit larceny and released him on his own recognizance.

He was arrested again in June 2023 for shoplifting in New Jersey and the following September in New York for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, ICE said.

Last January, police in Woodbridge, New Jersey, handcuffed Alborno on shoplifting charges before he was released later that month on his own recognizance, ICE said.

Castillo was arrested last January for shoplifting, according to ICE.

Upon registration, migrants are supposed to file an asylum application, for example, and tell authorities where they are staying. Matthew McDermott
Two men and a woman were arrested by federal agents during a raid Wednesday in the Bronx. Matthew McDermott

ICE also issued a detention request to the city Department of Corrections for Miguel Vaamondes-Barrio, currently incarcerated at Rikers.

Three migrants, Desousa-Villalta, Martinez, 42, and Pino, 20, were recaptured Wednesday — this time by the feds — in the same Hull Avenue home as ICE announced the start of expulsion proceedings against the trio of Venezuelan origin.

“Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City (NYC) is aware of the recent arrests by the New York Police Department of eight illegally present Venezuelan citizens,” an ICE spokesperson said in a statement.

“Today, ERO NYC Fugitive Operations agents conducted a targeted law enforcement action at 3259 Hull Avenue in the Bronx and apprehended three of these eight non-citizens who are all likely to be expelled.

“ERO NYC has also placed ICE detainers on four of the remaining non-citizens who are currently in local custody.”

Guns, drugs, ammunition and scales were all recovered inside the Bronx home.
The room in the basement where the migrants stayed. Matthew McDermott

Only one of the eight migrants captured in last week’s raid remains in the wind after being freed by a Bronx judge.

Additional reporting by Steve Janoski

New York Post

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