Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party (PT) said on Thursday it was ready to help the United States tackle the crisis in the country that has led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of migrants to the US.
The PT said it would help Washington “rescue the people of Brazil and take them to safety”.
The statement came a day after US President Donald Trump said Brazil was among the countries that had taken in the most people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa.
“If we have to do it, we have a responsibility, because we are a rich country,” he said.
Brazil has become the latest Latin American country to host the largest number of migrants from Africa.
About 6,000 people have arrived in Brazil from the region since mid-April, according to government figures.
Brazil’s government has struggled to cope with the influx.
Brazilian police have arrested more than 2,000 migrants in recent days, and dozens have died while attempting to reach the US, including two people who drowned when their boat capsized in the Rio Grande River.
But the government has refused to accept migrants from the US into its country.
The US has accused Brazil of being a transit country for the thousands of migrant boats that have flouted US laws to try to reach America, and the US has said Brazil’s actions are not helping the crisis.
On Thursday, President Trump said the US was working to “help the countries of Africa who have the biggest problems”.
“The people that are fleeing are fleeing from war, poverty, disease and poverty.
And the only way they can escape is if they come to the United State,” Trump said.”
And when you have people that come to this country, and they’re coming from places that are not only poor, but you have to be careful, they’re fleeing.
And that’s the biggest problem.”