A recent poll finds that despite their low economic status, Hispanics’ optimism exceeds that of many other Americans. Here is a look at the Garcia family of Northern Virginia, who achieved the American Dream after years of sacrifice and struggles in a new world.
Dec. 25, 2013 Gabriel Claros, left; Jorge Garcia, with his wife, Sara Garcia; their daughter Vanessa Garcia, 27; her fiance, Henry Gutierrez; and Vanessa’s sister, Paola Garcia, 26, gather at Vanessa and Henry’s home in Springfield, Va., on Christmas. Claros is Paola Garcia’s boyfriend. A recent national survey by The Washington Post and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center points to surprising findings. Among them: In many instances, the faith of U.S. Hispanics in the American Dream exceeds that of whites and African Americans. Matt McClain/The Washington Post Buy Photo