Leonel Moreno, the ‘migrant influencer’ who mocked America, has been arrested by ICE: sources

Leonel Moreno, the ‘migrant influencer’ who mocked America, has been arrested by ICE: sources

Unlawful ‘migrant influencer’ Leonel Moreno, who mocked America on social media in a number of viral movies, has been nabbed by federal immigration authorities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) fugitive operations officers arrested Moreno in Columbus, Ohio Friday, in line with Fox Information’ Invoice Melugin.

The arrest comes after The Put up solely reported how Moreno had skipped out on ICE quickly after crossing the southern border into Texas illegally in 2022 and was now needed by authorities.

Leonel Moreno, the unlawful migrant social media “influencer,” and his little one Leonel Moreno/Instagram
Leonel Moreno holds up a wad of money whereas sitting subsequent to his child Leonel Moreno/Instagram

Whereas within the US, Moreno used his varied social media channels to encourage different migrants to invade the nation and squat the properties of Americans, all whereas waving round wads of money and flaunting what he mentioned have been authorities handouts.

In a single video, Moreno may very well be seen holding a social safety card. He additionally ceaselessly boasted of his earnings constituted of begging for money.

“I didn’t cross the Rio Grande to work like a slave,” Moreno mentioned in a single Instagram clip. “I got here to the US to mark my territory.

“You’re damage as a result of I make greater than you with out a lot work whilst you work like slaves, perceive?” Moreno mentioned in one other social media publish.

“That’s the distinction between you and me. I’m all the time going to make plenty of cash with out a lot work, and also you’re all the time going to be exploited and depressing and insignificant.”

Leonel Moreno poses for a mug shot taken by Border Patrol after he crossed into the nation illegally ICE

Tiktok lately shut down Moreno’s account, which had roughly 500,000 followers. His Instagram, which was nonetheless lively Friday, has greater than 17,000 followers.

On his ban from Tiktok, Moreno mentioned: “Sure, they closed my TikTok account, however I maintain incomes on Fb and on Instagram. I received’t earn the identical, however I’m going to get my TikTok account again. I’m going to maintain incomes cash.”

When he was launched into the US after crossing the border illegally, Moreno was enrolled within the Alternate options to Detention program, the place he was mointored by a monitoring gadget.

However quickly after his launch, Moreno stopped complying and failed to indicate for a check-in with authorities, inner ICE data reviewed by The Put up confirmed.

Leonel Moreno holds up a firearm Leonel Moreno/Instagram
Leonel Moreno posts a video on his social media asking why migrants can’t “invade a home” within the US @leitooficial_25/TikTok

Inner ICE data reviewed by The Put up confirmed immigration officers have been conscious Moreno “has been on nationwide information for being viral on TikTok encouraging unlawful immigration.”

ICE didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

As diplomatic ties between the US and Venezuela are at present strained, it was not instantly clear if Moreno could be a candidate for deportation or could be held in ICE custody.

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