Brazil’s Supreme Court Rejects Closing Border with Venezuela

The ruling came hours after a federal judge in Roraima state allowed the local government to close down border and halt the inflow of thousands of Venezuelans into Brazil.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber rejected on Monday night the request made by the Roraima government to close the state's border with Venezuela. The ruling came hours after a federal judge in that state ruled that local government could halt the inflow of Venezuelans seeking refuge in Brazil.

“It is not justifiable, because of the difficulties that refugee accommodations naturally brings, to start with the easiest solution to ‘close doors’, which in hypothesis is equivalent, to ‘closing your eyes’ and ‘crossing your arms’," said Justice Weber in her decision . . .

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