Beyond the News
Today I came across an article on a Brazilian website informing that the US Congress has approved an amendment to freeze all permanent visas to my countrymen/women due to a case that might shake the diplomatic relationship between the two countries; and this does not make me happy.
Claudia Hoerig is suspected of killing her husband Karl Hoerig, an American veteran who fought the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. She would have clipped three bullets on him in 2007 and flew to Brazil on the same day by using his military credentials. Now, because the Brazilian government does not allow extradition, Claudia cannot be taken on court in the US and is freely living in Brazil.
After going through the entire article, which describes the Democrat Senator Tim Ryan as the leader of this amendment, I immediately wanted to ask him if he would fight on the same way to extradite Amanda Knox to Italy for a second trial on court. Knox’s lawyers defend her by saying that she cannot go back because the US government does not allow a retrial, so the local constitution is on her side and end of story.
Brazilian government is playing the same game; however, there is one small important detail in Claudia’s case: she is an American citizen. Hence, US are looking for an American abroad and not a Brazilian in Brazil!
I am not a lawyer, but as far as I know Brazilians cannot have two citizenships, so she would have opted to refuse her Brazilian one in order to become an American. Neither I do not know exactly how far she went on this process (perhaps she still an American resident without citizenship), but my feeling is that there is something very wrong in this story.
I do not believe that the Brazilian government will make any changes in the current laws to send her back to the US (although as a Brazilian I must agree that our laws are quite outdated), neither I believe that they will make any exemptions here; however, forbid Brazilians to get a Visa in the US is a bit too rush. How about if the American Congress pushes the President Barack Obama or the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss this issue directly with Brazilian President Dilma Roussef? Both ladies are 4th and 2nd, consecutively, most powerful women in the world and could sort this problem diplomatically, without retaliations which will only negatively affect the citizens of both countries.
Nevertheless, it seems like that who will again pay for the dishonesty of a few is the majority of people who, in this case, simply want their right to live their lives wherever they think is better for them! And this is not fair!