Brazil: Stricter checks on US visitors

Brazil has begun fingerprinting and photographing US visitors in response to planned American security measures which a judge has compared to Nazi horrors.

    Brazil is a popular destination with US tourists

    Federal Judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva, furious at US

    plans to fingerprint and photograph millions of visitors

    entering the United States, ordered Brazil's authorities to do the

    same to US citizens from Thursday onwards.

    "We've begun doing this," said a Federal Police spokeswoman

    at Brazil's Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo.

    The judge's order came after a Brazilian government citizens'

    rights agency filed a complaint in federal court about the US

    measure.

    The US-VISIT system is meant to identify people who have

    violated immigration controls, have a criminal record or belong

    to groups the US government lists as "terrorist"

    organisations.

    Violation

    "I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human

    rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the

    worst horrors committed by the Nazis"

    Judge Sebastiao da Silva

    Starting on Monday, people who need visas to enter the

    United States will be fingerprinted and photographed when they

    pass through immigration at major US airports and seaports.

    The measure does not apply to citizens of 27, mainly

    European, nations who do not need a visa to enter the United

    States.

    "I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human

    rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the

    worst horrors committed by the Nazis," said Sebastiao da Silva

    in the court order released on Tuesday.

    Officials at the US Embassy in Brazil were not

    immediately available to comment on Brazil's decision.

    Brazil requires US citizens to have a visa when entering

    the country.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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