Immigration stories are probably one of my most favored topic in journalism, and maybe its because I am the daughter of an immigrant parent. But I always discover the most incredible stories of families walking to the end of the earth to make a better life for themselves, something that goes beyond superficial comments of illegality. In my opinion, the issue is far more complicated then illegal immigration because to me, the point really is, to what extent of human survival does it take to make it in this world. It's certainly not easy journey for the families who come from afar to the United States.
I was fortunate to meet Renata's family in Criciuma, a town of 200,000 residents, in the beautiful state of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. Her older brother had a thick Boston accent, and the younger sister had a mild one. And during dinner, sitting at their dining room table made by the Portuguese community in Fall River, Mass., I would find myself forgetting that I was even in Brazil at that moment.