But he didn't return because he had realized the dream of many immigrants: earning enough money in the United States to start a new life at home. He gave up on California because he became convinced that booming Brazil offered much more opportunity than the crisis-ridden U.S.

And, like many others who have increasingly made the return journey, he found that reality far exceeded his expectations.,0,2800943.story

By Vincent Bevins -- Los Angeles Times

Legal Immigration

Updated: Tue, Sep 6th 2011 @ 2:58pm EDT