Mexico’s New Visa Requirements Mean Brazilians Will Pay US$ 25,000 to Enter the U.S. Illegally

The Mexican decision to suspend the existing agreement and once again require visas from Brazilians may heat up the illegal immigration market to the United States.

Besides being more expensive, border-crossing should become even more dangerous. This is the opinion of the head of consular services in the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico, Gustavo Guimarães.


“The visa requirement should reduce the flow of Brazilian who try to enter the United States by way of Mexico,” the diplomat acknowledges.


“Our concern now is with the remaining flow. The routes will become more and more unfriendly. When the border-crossing becomes a big business, it attracts the participation of criminal gangs connected with drug-trafficking and all other sorts of crime.”


According to Guimarães, two years ago it cost around US$ 4,000 to enter the United States by way of the Mexican border. The price is currently US$ 15,000 and it could possibly rise to US$ 25,000 in consequence of stricter border control.


Besides being financially vulnerable, Brazilians are likely to be subjected to longer treks across remote regions, far away even from Mexican villages.


The Brazilian Embassy has received reports of various acts of violence committed against illegal migrants in these areas. And, precisely in view of their irregular situation, the crimes against them go unreported.


Between January and July of this year, 7.2 thousand Brazilians were denied entry to Mexico, that is, they were not even allowed to leave the airport. Another 1.3 thousand were deported after being arrested by the Mexican police at border checkpoints.


Approximately 40 Brazilians return daily from Mexico to Brazil. Those who are barred at the airport usually await their flights in the departure terminal of the airport. Those arrested at the border spend nearly two weeks in detention centers awaiting deportation.


Agência Brasil

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  • mexico is beautiful

    here is how you do it
    If you are a us greencard holder, you DO NOT need a visa to travel to Mexico for up to six months stay as tourist.

  • zerlei

    question
    I would like to know what do I need to enter in mexico for a week vacation.
    Im brasilian citizen with brasilian passaport and also Im a Green Card holder.
    Best Regards,
    Zerlei.

  • Guest

    Unpractical request – no free country do
    The suggestion that Brazil should fine their own citizens for VISA issues while abroad is not practical and it is not practicized by any other country – and that includes the USA and Europe. So please stop insisting on Brazil adopting standards that are not met by any other nation!

  • Guest

    Illegals need to be fined in Brazil too
    Besides being sent home – Brazilians should be fined by the Brazilian government as well. If they can afford US$25,000 to travel illegally through Mexico to the US – They can affaord a large fine at home as well. There needs to be a price for breaking the law on both sides.

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