The Deported

This week's issue of Istoé magazine talks about the rise in the numbers of Brazilians deported from Europe and North America. Although having a green card made it less stressful for me to enter American soil, my friends do complain frequently about being treated like a criminal at customs. Last year I actually had a good Brazilian friend deported as soon as he landed in Miami for no apparent reason, even though the US consulate had given him a visa just weeks before his trip. He was escorted by security and sent back home when he was merely visiting the United States to spend a week with me and another friend.

What came as a surprise to me is the fact that Mexico is the country which sends the most Brazilian tourists back. I don't like to get very political here, but I am sure that is due to the fact that they are merely protecting the American borders by doing so.

The whole article got me thinking if foreigners share the same feeling of insecurity at Brazilian customs. I always try to motivate people to come visit the country, and this is the first time I think of comparing the experience of entering Brazilian soil to entering another country. Going even further in terms of immigration laws, it hits me now that I have American friends who had to move to Brazil to be with their Brazilian partners who couldn't obtain a visa. I have not yeat heard about the opposite situation.

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I think entering the U.S is the same regardless of Nationality ... I know many European Governments have complained directly to the U.S Government about the treatment of their nationals at immigration. I was born in Rio, raised in London, live in N.Y ... I have had a visa for many years & still feel like a criminal when I arrive back to the States ... When I go back to Brazil immigration is always fairly friendly, pretty similar to European immigration ... far nicer than the U.S ... Never had any trouble yet.

Entering the US is such a hassle these days I and most ppl I've come accross avoid even having a flight connection in the US.

With the Brazilian (and other South American) immigration the problem (in addition to occasional long queus) is random requirement for having a return ticket, this makes it difficult to visit the countries while travelling in other South American countries. I've never been asked to show a return ticket, but many airlines (eg GOL) refuse to sell one way tickets in and out of the country.

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I am Uruguayan and I visited the states last year, and as every time I go, it feels kike a military regime, and the unnecessary rudeness is incredible.

I was in Brazil a few weeks ago, and people there are amazingly charismatic. Long queues? Sure, but definitely not longer than the Miami or NY queues for that matter...

I have to admit that applying for a Brazilian Visa in Boston last year was an incredibly miserable hassle. I have applied for many visas for many countries and Brazil was the only country that treated my US citizenship as irrelevant. Everyone I ever spoke with in the consultate treated me as an asshole and it seemed that they were unbelievably uninterested in processing US citizen visas. Boston and Massachusetts has one of the highest populations of Brazilians living in the United States and given the amount of frustration they all seemed to have as I watched them numerous times over numerous days equally as frustrated I might say that this consulate is just a mess.

as a former foreign service officer who actually did visa work, I can tell you that having a visa is only "permission to apply for entry" and the ultimate decision to admit a visitor, regardless of visa status, lies with the immigration officer at the point of entry. Unfortunately also, the US immigration law is written expressly AGAINST issuing a visa: an applicant is, by law, presumed to WANT TO STAY IN THE US unless/until he can prove to a consular officer (and then, an immigration officer) his ties to his home country and his intent to depart. This is often shown by round-trip tickets, a long-term job from which you're taking vacation, family in home country (and conversely, NO family in the US), etc. However, the decision to give someone any kind of vistor visa (tourist, student, H-1, etc.) is totally at the discretion of the consul or vice consul at the US embassy or consulate, and usually appeals or reapplying after being refused doesn't help much. And, of course, the immigration officer can decide on his own that you intend to stay in the US (e.g. you arrive with excessive luggage, or you tell him you don't know how long you're staying or where you're visiting) and deport you from the port of entry.

Have been to Brazil 7 times over 20 years. Have never had an issue with Brazilian immigration or customs - always professional and courteous. As for visa, once the first expired, when I renewed the Consulate volunteered a multi-year, multi-entry visa - can't beat that.

U.S. companies love low paid illegal labor it keeps the low paid U.S. laborers in line and the sad fact is everybody knows it. If you would investigate low paid illegal labor in the United States borders on slavery.

Mexican labor central or south Americans who don't speak a word or English are the favorite targets of sweat shops and other predators who use these folks up and sometimes toss them back to the street without a penny.

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I am an American citizen with a US Passport. I have returned to the US after travel in areas such as Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. I am always treated as suspect at best at US Customs and Immigration. I have been questioned, searched, peered at, you name it. The personnel are brusque at best. I am female, white and middle aged. So, you guys are not getting special treatment, they treat citizens that way too. (Though, I must say, that I have yet to be deported.) lol

I always giggle to myself when I go through customs at GRU. "Customs" always amounts to an 85 year old man stooped over on a stool, leaning against a podium, collecting the little white slips with one eye open. :-) I'm an American who travels abroad a couple times a month for work, and I generally never have any issues coming home, but often see a lot of very rude behavior going on all over me. More than once I've gone purple with rage and wanted to say something about how incredibly -- and unnecessarily -- mean and rude border agents have behaved towards visitors at Dulles and Miami airports. But then I realize that I'll just get myself in trouble, and I don't. The one thing I take heart in is that (at least at Dulles) there are prominent signs around now that say that visitors have the right to be treated with respect, and there is a number to call if you feel you were mistreated. People should definitely report out-of-line treatment, and run up the statistics. How else can we change this problem?

I am Brazilian with an EU passport, due to family ties, and must say that I have heard so many stories of Europeans been badly treated in the US that I refuse to go for a while, it seems that everybody is a potential terrorist to their eyes. That being said, I have also seen the same sort of treatment on entering the UK, or at the Brazilian consulate in Brussels.... gues it all comes to the same stuff, if you give a bit of power to an idiot, he/she will profit to show off, but still, by what I hear Americans are the worst and regarding to what some americans wrote about difficulties on getting a visa to Brazil... it seems to be a pay back, I remember it all started when the US started deporting loads of Brazilians for no reasons.

Payback should not be policy.

I got permanent residency in Brazil first and then my husband got a green card here... I have to say that the process itself for a visa is more difficult for the U.S., but once you're here, you get your ID cards and SSN right away. In Brazil, I actually never got my ID cards while I was there after becoming a resident. It all evens out in the end, really.

Getting a visa for Brazil is an incredible hassle for both Canadians and US citizens. In fact I know people who chose to holiday in Argentina instead for this reason.

I know there's some reciprocity with visa policy, but Brazil is robbing itself of tourist dollars out of stubbornness. The fact is that Canadians and Americans are very rarely interested in staying in the country. That is not so true for Brazilians coming north.

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tourists.They spoil our beaches attracting
black and dark hookers to share our space.
They drink so much that they behave like animals.Even if you try hard , you´ll never be part of the team.When I go to america
I leave tips and the waiters are weaving their tails, and your hookers are so cheap
something around 100 dolars.

I never had any problems with customs in Brazil. They pulled me aside, searched my bags, etc. I have nothing to hide, so it wasn't a big deal. I think it had to do with the fact that I was an American because everyone that was getting checked was one too.

I love Brazil; I had an amazing time, and met some of the most kind and caring individuals. The hospitality I experienced there was something I've never experienced even in the United States. Cheers to Brazil! I'm going back next month. ;-)

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