US Venezuela Chavez Miami

January 3, 2013 - 6:32 PM
In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 photo, Tahiz Gonzalez dines in a Venezuelan cafe, while talking about President Hugo Chavez. Venezuelans who left their country for Miami after Chavez took power are watching the news about his cancer treatment with cautious optimism that political change could be on the horizon. But while many say they will be relieved if and when he does die, most do not plan to go back. In this city where the largest number of Venezuelans outside that country live, there are now enclaves of restaurants, schools and neighborhoods catering to the growing community. One Miami-Dade County city even just elected its first Venezuelan mayor. Like the Cubans before them, most Venezuelans are now here to stay. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)