Officers Arrest Fugitive TikTok Influencer Who Encouraged Migrants To Squat In Homes: REPORT


Julianna Frieman Contributor
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have reportedly arrested a TikTok influencer who encouraged illegal migrants to squat in Americans’ homes.

Leonel Moreno, who went viral after telling illegal migrants to take over properties in the U.S., was reportedly taken into federal custody on Friday after ICE’s Fugitive Ops team arrested him in Columbus, Ohio, Fox News’ Bill Melugin reported, citing an unnamed ICE official.

Moreno illegally crossed the southern border at Eagle Pass, Texas, in April 2022 before being registered with the Alternatives for Detention program, the New York Post reported. The illegal migrant was then categorized as an “absconder” after failing to abide by the program’s rules, which included being tracked by federal authorities using ankle monitors and other methods, according to internal ICE documents cited by the Post.

He made national headlines in March after posting a viral TikTok advising other illegal migrants to exploit squatters’ rights to steal Americans’ houses.

The former fugitive’s TikTok account was removed on March 21, according to the outlet. (RELATED: Texas Charges 70 Additional illegal Migrants For Allegedly Sotrming Border, Nation Guard: REPORT)

Under the online handle Leitooficial, Moreno reportedly bragged about making hundreds to thousands of dollars. He reportedly said in other videos that he wants to “mark” his “territory” in the United States, the New York Post noted.

“I didn’t cross the Rio Grande to work like a slave,” Moreno told his followers while appearing to wave a stack of $100 bills in one of the videos. “I came to the U.S. to mark my territory.”

Melugin noted that ICE will release a statement on Moreno’s arrest late Friday.