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Venezuela's Middle Class Flees Venezuela for Miami

in Miami
MIAMI March 7, 2014 (AP)

Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's growing political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $7,000.

Two months into their journey to the United States, he and his wife are sleeping most nights in an old, worn Nissan.

Salamanca had no family or business contacts in the U.S. No property he'd purchased on a previous trip. No idea where the children might attend school.

"Once we started getting threats, we couldn't take it anymore," he said of the family's last days in Venezuela.

Early waves of Venezuelan immigrants who fled after the late President Hugo Chavez and his socialist government came to power in 1999 came largely from the upper class. They had abundant savings and vacation homes in Miami to turn into permanent residences. These days,


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Comment by Buck Crosby on March 9, 2014 at 7:19pm

   Stupidity , fleeing one despot to live under another despot , and that stupidity will continue when they vote for American communists , ie: democrats  !

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on March 9, 2014 at 3:14pm


Comment by Barbara Carpenter on March 9, 2014 at 2:17pm

Let's hope they realize that voting for Democrats will bring exactly what they fled from.

Comment by Rich Knoch on March 9, 2014 at 12:22pm

Wonder if Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Oliver Stone (to name a few) will be waiting on the docks to welcome and fund these Venezuelan Refugees?  

The Middle Class, as in America, is the engine that drives a Free Economy forward.  Nearly all innovation and production efficiency's are brain children of middle class guys and gals who want to better their lives and help others..  

Failed and failing Socialist, Communist and Totalitarian Regimes eradicate the middle classes and move most all of them to the lower class by taking their property and with it, personal initiative . . .

Butt, Russia has its Vodka . . . while America has Moochelle . . . 

Comment by Don R. Sherwood on March 9, 2014 at 11:19am

Let's hope they bring their money with them.  Venezuela is achieving the results all socialist regimes create.  But, of course, American socialists will do it so much better, just like Obama has done, so far!

Comment by Louise Barnes on March 9, 2014 at 10:17am
I don't think these people coming from Venezuela are freeloaders looking for handouts. I think they are fleeing Communism. The Venezuelan government are firing on the demonstrators. The Cuban Americans who fled Castro are good American citizens. They help to spread the word on how bad Communism is. I think these Venezuelans are of the same type. They don't want to end up dead!
Also, they were successful, which is why they were persecuted by Chavez/Maduro.
Comment by Malcolm Rudd on March 9, 2014 at 5:48am

This will become another immigrantion issue for this country. They will always be threats that is the governments way in a 3rd World Country.

Comment by RAY TWIGGS on March 9, 2014 at 2:21am

In April of last year I attended a voting rally for expatriate Venezuelans who came by plane and car, hundreds of miles, to Kenner, La. They came to cast votes for their candidate in Venezuela's general election after the death of' dictator Chavez. Their hopes were dashed as Chavez' hand-picked scoundrel squeaked out a narrow win. I admire these freedom loving people. While the U.S. continues to send our brave men to die in Iraq and Afghanistan for people who hate us, for people who are always involved in civil wars that do not concern us, and to aid Sunni against Shiite or vice versa it pays little attention to cancer in the Americas. This is our sphere of influence and we should adhere to the Monroe Doctrine as much as possible. I have known many people from Central and South America and it grieves me that we are losing the friendship of good people who were our friends. We don't have to interfere in their business but if our friendship through humanitarian aid, agricultural aid and trade is strong they won't turn against us. If we had a President who knew what he was doing we could help Mexico and other Southern neighbors to help our economy while we help theirs. If they are working there then they won't need to come here and if the U.S. employers and Chamber of Commerce lure them here the government should penalize the hell out of them.

Comment by Eileen Barayasarra on March 9, 2014 at 1:15am

Louise, I do not think they were wealthy.  Most of the Basques in Spain are not.  They were persecuted terribly under the dictator Franco.  Most were simple farmers or businessmen or worked for those who were.  I have no information on Argentina now.  My in-laws came to the US to escape the hard life in Spain.  He came in about 1917 and worked and saved, bought a ranch, sent home for a bride.  She came in about 1927-8.  They were SO PROUD when they became NATURALIZED AMERICAN CITIZENS!  He never went back to Spain.  She went about 3 times to visit her brothers and sisters, but on her last visit one of her sisters made an anti-American comment.  She came home early after telling off her sister and said  "NEBBER AGAIN WILL I LEAVE MY COUNTRY!"  Sadly, a lot of American Basques still vote DEMOCRAT!  I just can not understand how they can do that!  Communists have ruined every country where they ever lived and now the DEMOCRATS are doing it here!

Comment by Louise Barnes on March 9, 2014 at 12:18am
Meanwhile, our Hollywood "useful idiots" are praising Chavez...

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