Legendary Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano on Immigration

Democracy Now spends time with one of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers - Eduardo Galeano. His works -- from the trilogy “Memory of Fire” to the classic “Open Veins of Latin America” are a unique blend of history, fiction, journalism and political analysis. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Christopher Columbus couldn't discover America, because he didn't have a visa or even a passport.Pedro Alvares Cabral couldn't get off the boat in Brazil, because he might have been carrying smallpox, measles, the flu or other foreign plagues.Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro never even began the conquest of Mexico and Peru, because they didn't have working papers.Pedro de Alvarado was turned away from Guatemala, and Pedro de Valdivia couldn't even enter Chile, because they didn't bring proof of a clean record.And the Mayflower pilgrims were sent back to sea from the coast of Massachusetts: the immigration quotas were full.

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