A Sacada de Diego Casagrande
Diego Casagrande’s Take

Could anybody explain to me why so many people would want to live in the United States legally or ilegally when they don’t have CLT (consolidated labor laws) or Labor Courts, when they are not paid a “thirteenth salary” or don’t have paid maternity leave? How can one withstand a country where decisions about vacations, sick leave or national holidays are negotiated case by case between a company and its workers? Why so many people run the risk of dying in the desert, in the arid Mexican frontier and in the hands of the coyottes, if the U.S. does not have a SUS (unified health system) or a INSS (national welfare administration)? If in the U.S., workers need to have health insurance and save for an emergency? I want to understand how could the United States of America be the preferred country in the minds of all the planet’s immigrants if the country does not have free colleges, a country where families have to save for an entire life to see the dream of a diplomma come true?
Please help me understand how is it possible that so many Brazilians want to move to a country where the right to bear arms is guaranteed almost everywhere and people can even have rifles inside their homes to protect themselves? How can one feel safe in a nation that does not have a Disarmament Statute? Can anyone explain to me how can so many people want to move to a country where those who drink and drive spend a night in jail and, if they do it again, can be jailed for months or even years? A country where the corrupt get screwed? Please explain to me where is the logic in someone leaving a country that does not have life in prison or death penalty to live in another (in this case, the United States) where all this is a reality, not to mention chemical castration for rapists and pedophiles? How to live in a territory where minors can answer for their heinous crimes as adults? Tell me, how is it possible to live in a place where sheriffs, judges and prosecutors are elected by the community? How to live in a country where there is no job security for public servants, a place where anyone working in a town hall, for a state government or even for the federal government can be fired at will, even because of administrators’ strategic reasons?
It looks pretty difficult to understand why so many people in the world want to move to the United States. Actually, it it not. In the United States there are two magic words that must be followed by everyone: “freedom” and “responsibility”. Got it?

///”Critical Eye”, a column published on Metro Jornal Porto Alegre by Diego Casagrande, a professional journalist since 1993, anchor of “BandNews Porto Alegre First Edition at 9a.m.” and “Free Radio” talk show on Bandeirantes Radio, radio stations (94.9FM and 640AM) located in Porto Alegre, Brazil///