The Federal Police in Minas Gerais released a note announcing the arrival of yet another flight with Brazilians deported from the United States for Friday night (14).
This will be the third flight with Brazilians deported in 2020. The first arrived at Confins International Airport, in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, in late January. Another flight landed in Minas last Friday.
According to the PF note, the passenger list for this Friday’s flight has 100 people. If the number is confirmed, it will be the largest flight of deportees to date.
Despite the initial disclosure that it would have 130 passengers, last week’s flight came with 86 Brazilians, according to the PF. At the end of January, about 70 people were deported.
The PF also says that flights with Brazilians deported from the border between Mexico and the United States may become more frequent. They need to be authorized by the Brazilian government, even though the United States pays for freight for the plane.
Such as leaf revealed, the Donald Trump administration has asked the Jair Bolsonaro government (without a party) for authorization for new flights to deport Brazilians caught in irregular immigration.
The number of Brazilians detained on the U.S.-Mexico border increased tenfold between October 2018 and September 2019, according to information from the Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP).
The strict policy of the US government against illegal immigrants and the difficulty in issuing visas to people born in Brazil may have helped in the climb, according to members of the Itamaraty.
Brazilians who try to cross the border without documents intended to stay in the USA by the modality known as “cai-cai” —even caught, they could wait for the process to assess their situation in the country. A common practice, but it was hampered by the change in American rules.