Desert Invasion - U.S.


Border Patrol Addresses Illegal Brazilian Problem

By Romeo Cantu
June 2, 2005

The U.S. Border Patrol answered a Valley woman’s questions Wednesday night, regarding problems she’s having with illegal Brazilians entering through her back yard....

Just south of Palmview, Gonzalez has discovered illegal Brazilians are using her family's land as a gateway into the United States....

"Why are they here? Is it for safety? To live a better life?" she asked. "When is it going to stop? When is it going to end? That's what I want to know. I don't know about the rest of the people, but I do. I'm worried."...

"Currently Brazilians do not need a passport to travel through Mexico," said Roy Cervantes, a spokesman for the Border Patrol. "They can travel through the country without being impeded by Mexican immigration."

According to the Border Patrol’s latest figures, last year there were a little over 2,600 Brazilians captured in the Rio Grande Valley.

Already this year, there have been more than 14,000.

To help Gonzalez, some agents will be sent to her area and she's also being asked to be more active with the border patrol....

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