2009 September 26 Saturday
Economy And Law Enforcement Drive Out Brazilian Immigrants

The recession and more immigration law enforcement against illegals is driving Brazilians to leave Massachusetts.

The change is evident statewide. Massachusetts, once a top destination for Brazilian immigrants, along with Florida, New Jersey, and New York, used to receive about 50,000 a year during the boom years, says Fausto da Rocha, executive director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston, Mass. In the past two years, about 17,000 of the state’s approximately 200,000 Brazilians have gone back home, he estimates.

He expects up to 7,000 to decamp this year – and more in 2010 unless the US passes immigration reform that allows illegal immigrants to work in the US. “The economy and immigration crackdown – that’s what pushed the Brazilians back,” Mr. da Rocha says. During the first half of the decade, Brazilians were the second-fastest-growing group of illegal immigrants to the US (behind Indians), according to Alan Marcus, a professor of geography at Towson University in Maryland.

They were flying in on visas and overstaying. A lot of Brazilians have concentrated in Framingham Mass. It would no be hard to find illegals among them. The US government should station a bunch of agents there to work with local police to identify illegals and deport large numbers of them. This would not be hard to do. A big enforcement action in a single community could be used as a demonstration of what could be done in other communities with lots of illegals.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 September 26 11:03 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement

matt said at September 27, 2009 8:06 AM:

Randall - I lived in Natick for several years which is right next door to Framingham. Framingham is called "Little Brazil" and you wouldn't need to station agents there for long. Grab a handful of agents for a month and have them walk down Main St. and corresponding side streets with a giant truck to collect & detain them. You might need 2 or 3 trucks. A cheaper course of action would be offer a small bounty for turning them in, them every slum lord in Framingham would have an incentive to turn in the people they illegally rent units to. The slum lords are terrible enablers of the Brazilian illegals as they rent units that municipalities would deem unsafe or unfit to rent to the illegals and threaten them with "talking to the INS" if the illegals speak a word. This is a nice untaxed stream of income for landlords. The Globe did a report a couple years back about these landlords. They would rent out attics, unfinished basements and utility sheds to illegals.

Another idea would be to go to any landscaping job detail and check for people's papers. Massholes might have to mow their own lawns for a summer of adjusting.

Audacious Epigone said at September 27, 2009 9:18 AM:

More evidence undercutting the assertion that removing illegal immigrants is logistically impossible--a small uptick in enforcement leads to substantial voluntary removal.

Black Death said at September 27, 2009 12:22 PM:

I like the carrot and stick approach. Make it a felony to be in the US illegally - minimum five year sentence, with strict enforcement. Before this goes into effect, offer every illegal a bounty, say $1,000 in the currency of his/her native country, plus a free one-way ticket home, to leave the US forever. Fingerprint everyone and tell them if they're ever caught in the US illegally again, they'll go to jail, but the penalty will be doubled - 10 years hard time. How many illegals are there? Maybe 15 or 20 million? This would be cheap - less than the GM bailout!

Trent Telenko said at September 28, 2009 9:13 AM:


All it would take to drive out illegal immigrants out of the USA would be a bounty system for detaining and removing them plus a legal shield from civil law suit actions under the various US Federal and state civil rights codes against the bounty hunters.

All illegals would have to register with their real name, physical identity biometrics, current address and sign in for a tax & identity theft restitution payment plan to avoid the hunters.

Those that get behind on their restitution payments or jump bail get put on the bounty list.

Randall Parker said at September 28, 2009 6:17 PM:


Why would we want to allow illegals to register to avoid the hunters? Why wouldn't we just deport them?

Bounty hunting: In previous posts I've argued for rewards for turning in illegals. Want to really make it efficient? Allow cops to earn those rewards. They know when they run into illegals.

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