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Brazil’s new president blasted the United Nations’ migration pact on Wednesday indicating that Latin America’s largest nation will adopt a hard line on immigration, report agencies.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to pull out of the UN deal, said on Twitter that he wants to ensure immigrants coming to Brazil not only abide by the laws, but also sing the national anthem and respect the country’s culture. “Immigration cannot become an indiscriminate act. It is imperative for us to establish proper criteria for each country,” said Bolsonaro, a fan of US President Donald Trump who took office Jan. 1. “If we control those who enter our homes, why should it be different with Brazil as a nation?” The U.N pact signed by 164 countries in December recommends ruling out mass deportation policies and deems the deterrence of immigrants should be only a last resort. Bolsonaro said he won’t reject help for those crossing the border, an apparent reference to Venezuelans fleeing an economic and political crisis at home.