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Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

One year ago   |   By My Sanantonio

EL PASO, Texas - Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis.
But with hundreds of Brazilians crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, each week, the Motel 6 by the airport has become a stepping stone for thousands of the Portuguese speakers on a 6,000-mile journey from Brazil to El Paso to America's East Coast.
“Thank God for Google Translate or we'd be lost,” says Rubio.
The quiet migration of around 17,000 Brazilians through a single U.S. city in the past year reveals a new frontier in the...
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