Woman arrested for assaulting man in MAGA hat is now facing deportation
A woman who was arrested earlier this month for assaulting a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat is now facing deportation after it was discovered she is in the United States illegally.
Rosaine Santos, a 41-year-old Brazillian immigrant living in Falmouth, Massachusetts, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery after she allegedly attacked 23-year-old Bryton Turner, who was dining with a friend at Casa Vallarta Mexican restaurant on Feb. 15.
On Tuesday, Santos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which released the following statement:
"Deportation officers with ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team arrested Rosaine Santos, an unlawfully present citizen of Brazil, today near Falmouth, Massachusetts. Santos is currently facing local charges for assault and other offenses. She is presently in ICE custody and has been entered into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts."
In footage Turner recorded of the original incident, Santos can be seen approaching him and his friend from behind and verbally assaulting them before grabbing Turner's head and trying to knock his MAGA hat off.
When police officers arrived on the scene, Santos allegedly told them that Turner should not be allowed to wear the hat in a Mexican restaurant due to the president's views on the country.
Santos later said in an interview that, although she regrets the incident, which may have been spurred by alcohol consumption, she "couldn't walk away" after "being discriminated (against) so many times in my life."
"I just had to stand up for myself," she said. "He's not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied."
When asked if Turner did anything to provoke the attack, Geo Macarao, a bartender at Casa Vallarta, said, "No, he just walked in and ordered his food."