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.