Not quite. Some think that Brazil does not export significant numbers of illegal aliens to the United States. In fact, despite their relatively small numbers, the number of illegal and legal immigrants from Brazil is increasing exponentially each year. The criticism is that Brazilians are lazy in comparison to Salvadorans, Mexicans, Indians, and Koreans.
Well, Salvadorans are not known in California for working hard, except at crime. Salvadorans are the ones to beat in crime in LA. They aggressively displaced Mexican and Black gangbangers from the LA basin and expanded to the East Coast, running an open and unmolested criminal empire, safe from harassment from ICE, DEA, and FBI.
While Koreans work long hours at liquor stores, grocery stores, and restaurants, but don't work the demanding labor that Mexicans provide. While they are heavily welfare dependent, they do work hard in the illegal labor market.
Which brings us to Brazilians.
On the demand side, there isn’t a whole lot of demand for Brazilian immigrants in the rest of the world (other than as supermodels and soccer players) because most Brazilians don’t care all that much about education and don’t have a particularly strong work ethic. The idea of, say, working 14 hours per day owning a liquor store in South Central L.A. seemed like a good idea to a surprising number of South Koreans, but to very, very few Brazilians. The idea of working 14 hours per day as an intern in a Topeka hospital seems like a great idea to a lot of smart Indians, but smart, hardworking Brazilians don’t face all that much competition at home, so why leave?Moreover, Brazil has its own technology/industrial center in the south (Embraer makes jetliners, for example), so bright, ambitious Brazilians can find work in their own country in their own language. If you want to live in a well-organized European-style city, a Brazilian can move to Curitiba or other places in the south of Brazil.Finally, there’s the Rio factor. Does any city have a more spectacular setting? I recall sitting in a sidewalk cafe on the beach in Rio and looking four blocks inland where rock climbers were dangling 500 feet above traffic on a Yosemite-style cliff.
However, there are other large communities of Brazilians in the U.S. Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area besides the huge numbers in Massachusetts and other parts of the East Coast.
They have adopted the pizza restaurant business in San Francisco itself, and provide large amounts of illegal alien labor in the less demanding areas of the service industry, such as newspaper delivery in the un-unionized papers of the East Bay.
They have also, despite the fact that homosexuality is legal in Brazil, and quite open in places like Rio, developed a well oiled machine of political asylum based on homosexuality, transvestism and trans-sexuality.
Obviously, Brazilians, like Indonesians, provide fewer illegals than other countries. The main reason is that Brazil is further away than El Salvador and Mexico. That is the obvious. The less obvious is that Salvadorans have been exploiting the political asylum system for many years, since the 80s when they came as Communists and were not properly excluded from that system. Also, the more legal immigrants here, the more the legal immigrants here, the more illegals. The legals provide the infrastructure for their illegal brethren.
Furthermore, Indonesia is even further removed from the U.S. Inability to enter the U.S. by land is the major impediment to illegal immigration. Few countries are further removed than Indonesia. But, despite that, the Indonesian illegal community is actually quite large in the San Francisco area. Especially among the Indonesian Chinese Christian sub-community. Quite a few are coming illegally, then obtaining legal status through asylum. Interestingly enough they actually have a valid claim, as opposed to homosexuals and lesbians from Brazil, where the new President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is widely believed to be a lesbian and homosexuality is both legal and widely practiced, especially in Rio. Interestingly enough, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Office, especially in the San Francisco District where Asylum Officers approve without any review said Brazilian applications, not even addressing the issue of change of residence from the less hospital areas to open and accepting areas like Rio. Even worse, Asylum Officers make no effort to even review claims of homosexual applicants. Most just make some generic claim of hostility or disapproval from society. Not quite the standard for asylum where one must be the actual victim of oppression, imprisonment and other legal liability. For Brazilian homosexuals, mere statements of disapproval from society suffice in the San Francisco District Asylum Office.
But, back to our lesbian President of Brazil, just take a look. Quite obvious. But, I digress.
While Brazilians and Indonesians, and Kenyans for that matter provide fewer illegals than Mexico, El Salvador, and India, but the reason there are so few is not because they are lazy, they certainly are compared to Mexicans, but because they are so far away and have so few others here to provide the support that illegals use. Indian illegals have increased 125% since 2000, increasing in proportion to legal Indian immigrants. The usual pattern.
So, just because a country provides fewer illegals than Mexico, or fewer in proportion than El Salvador, it does not mean that the numbers are insignificant or that Brazilians are lazier than Mexicans. Brazilians are quite adept at exploiting the welfare system. Though they are certainly lazier than Mexicans. But certainly not lazier than Salvadorans. That is not the reason there are fewer, it is just that getting from Brazil is more difficult.
And you don't have to be a hard worker to immigrate illegally, especially since the welfare benefits are quite generous to the new arrival. Hell, if our only problem was Mexicans providing stoop labor, then we would not have a real issue. It is the millions of immigrants, both legal and legal, regardless of how hard they work, who dominate our welfare system.