posted on Jan, 2 2004 @ 01:05 AM
Americans Fingerprinted at Brazil Airport
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By VIVIAN SEQUERA, Associated Press Writer
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazilian (news - web sites) police fingerprinted and photographed Americans arriving at Sao Paulo's airport Thursday in response
to new rules requiring the same for Brazilians entering the United States.
Federal Judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva ordered the measure Monday in response to the new U.S. anti-terror regulation requiring citizens from 27
nations, including Brazil, to be fingerprinted and photographed when entering America.
The U.S. anti-terror regulation takes effect Monday at all 115 airports handling international flights and 14 major seaports. It will allow instant
checks on an immigrant's or visitor's criminal background.
On Wednesday, Brazil's Foreign Ministry requested that Brazilians be removed from the U.S. list, saying Brazil would consider treating U.S. citizens
the same way upon their arrival.
"At first, most of the Americans were angered at having to go through all this, but they were usually more understanding once they learned that
Brazilians are subjected to the same treatment in the U.S.," Wagner Castilho, press officer for the federal police in Sao Paulo, said of those
arriving at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport.
The processing will continue as long as the judge's order stands, he said.
Brazil also requires visas for U.S. citizens, in response to a similar requirement for Brazilians entering the United States.
At Rio de Janeiro's Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, police said they were not ready to start fingerprinting Americans.