As a Brazilian child living in the United States with immigration papers, Bruno Torquato recalled, he had plenty of things to worry about. Alone in the house at night — his parents were always off working on one of the several jobs they held to keep the family’s head above water — Bruno feared cops as much as he did robbers.
“If I heard a noise in house at night, I had to run to the neighbors,” he said. “I couldn’t call somebody, I couldn’t call the police. We feared, constantly, being deported. We stayed away from the police.”
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Even so, he added, Bruno — now 32 and a legal permanent resident of the United States — considered himself much luckier than a lot
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