Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested a woman accused of attacking a man earlier this month for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat inside a Mexican restaurant in Falmouth, the agency said Tuesday.
Rosiane Santos, 41, who was charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after police say she lashed out against 23-year-old Bryton Turner on Feb. 15, is an “unlawfully present citizen of Brazil,” ICE spokesman John Mohan said in a statement to Boston.com.
Santos was arrested Tuesday near Falmouth by deportation officers with ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team, he said.
“She is presently in ICE custody and has been entered into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” Mohan said in the statement.
Santos was later released after she was provided a Notice to Appear in court at a future date, he said in a subsequent statement.
When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Santos directed questions to her immigration attorney, Katarina Kozakova.
In an interview, Kozakova said Santos has a pending green card application and is married to a U.S. citizen.
Her arrest by ICE means Santos must now bring her application and case before an immigration judge instead of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to Kozakova.
“That is the only change this arrest has cost Rosiane in terms of her immigration,” she said.
The criminal charges against Santos will be addressed in criminal court proceedings, Kozakova said.
Police say Turner told them he was minding his own business while out for dinner with friends at Casa Vallarta Mexican Restaurant when Santos began to verbally and physically assault him because of his red hat.
Santos told officers that Turner was a “motherf*****” for supporting President Donald Trump and that he should not be allowed in a Mexican restaurant while wearing the cap, according to an officer’s report.
In a video of the incident Turner posted on Facebook, Santos is seen knocking the hat off of Turner’s head and pushing his head down.
Santos was arraigned last week and is expected back in court on March 20.