Soap opera lures Brazilians to United States

Brazilians are illegally entering the United States in record numbers in hopes of finding jobs and better lives — just like characters in a wildly popular Brazilian soap opera “America.”

The number of undocumented Brazilians caught on U.S. soil is set to rise over four fold this year from 2004 — a much larger increase than for illegal immigrants from other Latin American countries, according to U.S. officials.

“America,” a soap opera that debuted in early March shows illegal immigrants risking their lives to enter the United States to find jobs and romance amid the hardship.

The 1.3 million Brazilians in the United States — half of them illegal — send around $2 billion back home each year. Those that return home with money inspire thousands more to follow in their footsteps.

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