By Lenora Deslandes, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Presidential decree signed by President Lula in June of 2009 marked the third time that the Brazilian government has offered amnesty to illegal immigrants (the other two were in 1988 and 1998). In the six month period granted by the Brazilian government for foreigners to apply for amnesty, approximately 43,000 people have been granted temporary residency.

The Brazilian government has expressed that by issuing this decree they are trying to help . . .

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