Northeast Philadelphia is home to a fast-growing Brazilian community.
Santos says the community has been reeling from the anti-immigration forces they see operating in Riverside.
"We're scared. We're really scared," Santos says, adding that he does have a green card.
The Riverside conflict has been on the front page of Brazilian News Week for the past several issues, and he receives frequent calls from readers seeking advice. "I have a thousand calls every day," he says.
More established immigrants like Salgado, who expects to receive her green card soon, continue to make plans for a future in the United States. In a typical day Salgado opens her store, reviews business at Copacabana, sells ads for 100% Brazil and works on AldeiaDigital.net. She also cares for her two sons, ages 3 and 4, and is pregnant with a third, due in December.
Meanwhile, illegal immigrants and others whose status may be in jeopardy bide their time.
"I know so many people who'd love to buy a house, but they don't do it because they don't know what's going to happen," says Menegati, who's now an American citizen. "It's that whole feeling of insecurity. You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow."
For now, Santos tells others in his community to calm down and wait. "The community's still strong. We just have to wait a little bit," he says. "Everyone waits for the good news."
Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at Columbia University.
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