April 11, 2013
Brazil’s northwestern state of Acre declared a “social emergency” yesterday as it attempts to slow a wave of undocumented immigrants smuggled overland from neighboring countries.
“More than a thousand illegal immigrants have entered over the past month,” said Nilson Moura, Acre’s Secretary for Justice and Human Rights, AFP reports.
One of Brazil’s smaller states, Acre borders the states of Amazonas to the north and Rondonia to the east. To its southeast is Bolivia, while Peru is on its south and west.
Moura said the new arrivals have come from some of the poorest corners of the world, including Haiti and Bangladesh. Others have come from Senegal, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and elsewhere, he said.