Mexico imposes Visas to Brazilian nationals (Brazil retaliates)!
After the Mexican government deported more than 10,000 Brazilian citizens (7,178 rejected at airports, 1,304 deported without proper documents and 1,676 secured for entering illegally to the country and sent back home) during the first 7 months of 2005, the Mexican government decided to suspend the reciprocity treaty they had signed with Brazil, where Brazilian nationals benefited of traveling to Mexico Visa free since 2000 and Mexican nationals of traveling to Brazil Visa free since 2004. Brazil just announced they will retaliate.
According to the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry (SRE), 70,000 Brazilian nationals have entered Mexico since February 2004 and only 7,000 have left the country. The question is, where are the other 63,000? The US Border Patrol has arrested 25,000 Brazilian nationals in the first 7 months of 2005.
The funny part of this issue is that a congressman in Brazil named Helio Costa considered that the decision taken by the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry is the result of political pressure applied by the US government to Mexico because most of the Brazilian nationals entering Mexico are crossing the border . He also said that since there are not that many Brazilian nationals crossing the border compared to Mexican nationals, then it is not fair for Mexico to impose a Visa. Interesting point and comparison!!
So what do you guys think? Is Mexico doing things right by impossing a Visa to Brazilian nationals to prevent more Brazilian immigrantion to the US even when tons of Mexicans do so?
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