The story of Brazilian immigrants settling in the Boston area, building careers and families and communities, has been well-documented over the years.
My Globe colleague, Maria Sacchetti, has now taken the story forward with a fascinating account in yesterday's Globe of how substantial numbers of Brazilians have opted to go home after spending years in Boston. Some have struggled back home just as they struggled here; but some have been quite successful.
Sacchetti traveled to one of the central departing points for Brazilian emigrants to Massachusetts, in the northern state of Minas Gerais. She met people who are ready to turn around and come back to the US, and people who are happy to have returned. She traveled to towns including Governador Valadares -- nicknamed Valadollars for the US cash that immigrants send home to relatives there. And she took pictures showing "Joe's American Bar and Grill," which was opened by a returning immigrant, but closed down a few months ago.
It's a valuable perspective that will be useful as the immigration debate moved ahead. The story already has generated more than 100 comments on-line, a sign of the emotions the issue stirs.
About this blog
About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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