According to documents leaked via Wikileaks, the US consulate in Brazil apparently thinks there are three kinds of Brazilians that ask for US (work) visas. The ‘good’ are those of middle-class, with good schooling and in search of improving their English. The ‘bad’ are those who have relatives or friends who are illegally staying in the US while the ‘ugly’ are those that are unqualified, poor and desperate, having paid US$3,000 for false work permission instead of paying US$10,000 for a coyote in Mexico. – Folha
I’m not sure about other pockets of Brazilians living in the US, but here in the Bay Area, I’ve probably spent time with over 100 Brazilians (a very rough guess) and those that were here illegally make up about 5-10%. Of course, some might say that this is evidence of a successful policy by the US consulates. On the flip side, there are those that slip through and those that should have been let through. One of my friends in Brazil has repeatedly traveled through and lived in Europe, all done legally, yet she keeps getting denied a visa to vacation in the US. For Brazilians’ sake, the exodus will start to reverse.