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July 5, 2009

BRAZIL GIVES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS LEGAL STATUS

Agence France Presse - 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.

He also once again blamed the global economic crisis on "men with blue eyes," a controversial accusation that he first leveled during a meeting in March with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His advisors have said the expression was a "metaphor."

"Blame for the crisis that was provoked by men with blue eyes must not fall on the blacks, the Indians, and the poor of the world," Lula said during a speech in Brasilia on Thursday.

He also accused European countries, without naming any in particular, of toughening immigration rules, which he deemed "unjust."

"In our eyes, repression, discrimination and intolerance do not address the root of the problem," he said.

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