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Brazil: National Borders Plan

(Oct. 7, 2011) On October 3, 2011, Brazil's Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo, was quoted as saying that the National Borders Plan currently being discussed by the government anticipates a duplication in the number of federal agents of the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police, and the National Public Security Force working in the country's border regions, especially at 30 points considered vulnerable. For security reasons, Cardoza chose not to mention to the press the number of policemen that will be addedto the various forces, but he did confirm that the number would double.

In addition, the Minister of Strategic Affairs Secretariat, Moreira Franco, announced that the government is also preparing a social and economic plan to build up the occupation of areas close to the borders, including in the Amazon region. The idea, he said, is to have enforcement actions accompanied by projects to settle the population, with steps to ensure access to public education and health. (Demétrio Weber, Plano Nacional de Fronteiras Vai Duplicar Efetivo Policial, diz Cardozo, O GLOBO (Oct. 4, 2011).)