On February 15, a woman at the Casa Vallarta Mexican restaurant near Falmouth, Massachusetts, allegedly assaulted a young man wearing a MAGA hat and got herself arrested. After viewing Rosiane Santos’ fingerprints, police contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it turned out that Santos was in the United States illegally. On Tuesday, she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
John Mohan of ICE stated, “Deportation officers with ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team arrested Rosiane 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.”
Boston25 News reported that Santos, 41, “was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery” and told police “she was upset the man was wearing the hat in a Mexican restaurant.”
Santos had initially been arrested after she allegedly assaulted Bryton Turner, 23, of Mashpee. Turner told the Howie Carr Show, “The minute I walked in and sat down, the woman [Santos] said something to me, she said, ‘What does your hat say, what does your hat say,’ and I showed her. She goes, ‘Why would you wear that here?’ And I said, 'It’s America and I can wear this hat wherever I want.'”
Turner said that after Santos knocked his hat off several times, she instructed the bartender to poison his drink. After the incident, the bartender phoned 911; police arrested Santos when she defied their order to leave.
ICE stated that Santos emigrated to the United States in 1994 on a tourist visa from Brazil; law enforcement records state that she had gotten a DUI in 2017.
After ICE arrested Santos Tuesday morning, Turner said, “This country has laws in place to keep its citizens safe. That’s what makes this country great. She broke the law for a long time and it finally caught up with her.”
Santos told Boston25 that she was the victim, saying: “I had a little bit to drink maybe that’s the reason that I couldn’t walk away but being discriminated for so many times in my life, I just had to stand up for myself. He’s not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied, OK?”
WDBJ7 reported that the bartender the night of the incident, Geo Marcario, whose family hails from Mexico, said, "Lady was, just didn't agree with his hat. I kept telling her 'It's all right. He's not doing anything to me so why is it even a problem?'" Marcario added that in America you can wear whatever hat you want.
Turner told WBZ, “It’s just a hat at the end of the day. I don’t really understand why people can’t just express themselves anymore, everybody has to get mad.”