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By Phil Helsel and Shamar Walters
A woman arrested for allegedly assaulting a client of a Massachusetts restaurant wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat is facing a procedure that could result in her deportation, said a spokeswoman for the company. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Rosiane Santos is "a citizen of Brazil illegally present" who was arrested by ICE agents on Tuesday and "started in proceedings for referral to a federal immigration court," said the spokesman. ICE's word, John Mohan, in a statement. She was later released and summoned to court at an unspecified later date, he said.
Santos, 41, was arrested on February 15 for assaulting a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat at a restaurant in Falmouth, a town of about 30,000 in Cape Cod.
According to a partially redacted police report, the alleged victim allegedly confided that he was busy with his belongings when the suspect verbally abused him because of his "Make America Great Again" hat and that # She had pulled her head from behind. Police said she also hit her later in the presence of officers.
The suspect told the police that the man should not be allowed to wear the hat at a Mexican restaurant, according to the report.
The police report also indicates that the suspect had appeared to be intoxicated and that she had hit the victim "on the head" while she was being escorted out of the restaurant by agents.
She was charged with assault, beatings, assault and disorderly behavior. She pleaded not guilty, NBC reported Boston.
Bryton Turner, who claimed to be the harassed person and recorded and posted a video of the incident, said in a message to NBC News this week: "She started verbally harassing me" as soon as she entered in the restaurant.
"All I said was," I can wear this hat where I want it, it's America, "he said in his message. He said that he had only filmed the incident "so that she stops talking" and that "I did not think it was going to explode like this".
Katarina Kozakova, a lawyer specializing in immigration law who would represent Santos, did not immediately respond to a call from NBC News on Wednesday. The lawyer told Boston.com that Santos was married to a US citizen and had a pending green card application.
The lawyer also told the press that the arrest by ICE meant that Santos had to apply for a green card to an immigration judge instead of US citizenship and immigration services. "It's the only change that this arrest cost Rosiane in terms of immigration."
The red MAGA hat worn by some supporters of President Donald Trump has been at the center of at least one other recent incident.
In a high school in Oklahoma on Monday, an 18-year-old student received a municipal summons after apparently confronting a younger classmate wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and wearing what the school district described as a Trump flag. The 18-year-old would have dropped the hat off the student's head, Edmond Public Schools said in a statement.
A police report indicates that the student wore as a cape a red, white and blue flag on which were written the words "Trump" and "Keep America Great". The 18-year-old asked the other student to remove the flag, threatened the student, removed the hood from the student's head and then tried to go to school. seize the flag, according to the police report.
The Edmond police said in a statement issued by the school district that the alleged abuser and the parents of the other student who was wearing the hat would meet the city attorney and "would try to find a solution ", but if no agreement is reached, the A city attorney could file a complaint for assault against the 18-year-old man.