Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva issued a law giving tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants legal status and criticized rich nations for taking a tough stance against illegal migrants....
"In our eyes, repression, discrimination and intolerance do not address the root of the problem," he said.
"Illegal immigration is a humanitarian question that should not be confused with criminality," added the Brazilian leader, who was wearing the traditional clothes of Bolivia and Paraguay, the home countries of many of Brazil's immigrants.
The law issued by Lula allows all undocumented foreigners who entered Brazil before last February to obtain two-year provisional residency permits that can be made permanent.
All recipients will be entitled to work and receive public education and healthcare.
Brazil's Justice Department says there are around 60,000 undocumented foreigners in the country, but non-governmental groups believe the number could be as high as 200,000 illegal immigrants, with most coming from Latin America and China.
More Americans should make an effort to make friends with folks around the world to broaden theirperspectives. We need to learn to live together peacefully. The USA needs to learn how NOT to be a bully....the latest example we could set is in Honduras. Obama needs to label this a coup, illegal, and stop ALL aid to this country. THEN we would see Honduras get back to the rule of law and their constitution. It would also be an end to the US participation in overthrowing popular democratically elected leaders in South America. Why stop there? Why not close down the infamous School of the Americas right away?
But supporting the Honduran people would mean real change wouldn't it?