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Rio starts ID checks on US flyers

Police in Brazil’s tourism capital have begun photographing and fingerprinting all US visitors arriving at its main international airport. The security measure extends a law passed by a Brazilian federal judge on Thursday to check all incoming US citizens at Sao Paulo airport. The judge’s order is in response to a US announcement that it would be vetting visitors from many countries. But Rio’s mayor says the extra checks will damage Brazil’s tourist industry. Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry filed a complaint in a federal court over the US immigration measures, arguing its citizens were being unfairly discriminated against and urging the US to remove Brazil from its list of security threats. Judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva agreed, saying “I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis.” Full Story

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