Venezuelan, Guatemalan and Brazilian immigrants have made South Florida their home – Full Article
By Tal Abbady, staff writer
December 9, 2007
In Caracas, Venezuela, Weston has a reputation as a safe, spotless city.
In Espiritu Santo, Brazil, residents know Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach as Brazilian enclaves where owning property and having stable jobs, unattainable for many in Brazil, are part of life.
Cross-border ties like these have given rise to sprawling immigrant enclaves that have brought profound local changes. There are multiple reasons that set immigrants on the trek to Florida, home to the country’s fourth-largest foreign-born population: the hope of finding steady work, convincing calls from family members already here and political stability.
Three South Florida communities showcase the tales of struggle and success among South Florida’s immigrants.