RIO DE JANEIRO ( Associated Press) – A group of 46 Democratic US lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to President Joe Biden demanding that former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s diplomatic visa be revoked in the wake of an uprising by his supporters in the Brazilian capital. .
“We request that you re-evaluate your status in the country to determine whether you have a legal basis for your stay and to cancel any diplomatic visas you may have,” the letter said. “The United States should not harbor him or any authoritarian who inspired such violence against democratic institutions.”
The letter was led by Congressmen Joaquin Castro of Texas, Gregory Meeks of New York, Ruben Gallego of Arizona, Chuy Garcia of Illinois and Susan Wilde of Pennsylvania.
It is unclear which visa Bolsonaro used to enter the United States on December 30, just before the end of his presidential term. He has been living in a home outside Orlando, Florida, and video footage shows him taking photos with supporters in the gated community and walking past a supermarket.
Asked about Bolsonaro’s entry into the United States, State Department spokesman Ned Price on Monday declined to provide details about the visa status of the former Brazilian president, citing privacy concerns. However, he clarified that anyone entering the United States with the so-called A-1 visa reserved for acting heads of state has 30 days to leave the country or adjust their status with the Department of Homeland Security. There will be time.
After the 30 October elections, many hardline supporters of Bolsonaro claimed that the elections were rigged. They blocked roads across the country and camped in front of army buildings, calling for military intervention to cancel the elections and keep Bolsonaro in power. After this, on Sunday, he attacked Congress, Supreme Court and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The lawmakers’ letter said Bolsonaro was responsible for the melee because of his frequent claims that electronic voting machines were susceptible to fraud and the fact that he never gave up or asked his supporters to respect the election results. .