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Three decades ago, Luis García, a poor Nicaraguan construction worker, bought a used concrete pump and a pickup truck, quit his job, and launched his own concrete business.
Today, García is the owner of Adonel Concrete, one of the largest companies of its kind in Florida. He has streets named after his company, employs more than 300 people, and has become a pillar in the communities he has helped build, like Doral and Sweetwater.
This fourth episode of Making it in America, a video series highlighting the impacts of immigrant entrepreneurs around Florida, shows viewers what García has accomplished as a Nicaraguan in South Florida. His concrete plants are located everywhere from Sweetwater to Vero Beach to Haiti.
At a time when temporary protected status for Nicaraguans has been revoked by the Trump administration, García’s story is all the more relevant. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans, who have helped build South Florida, are now facing a threat of deportation.
This documentary series is about showing what happens when immigrants are embraced instead of marginalized, encouraged instead of threatened. García shows that the immigrant spirit that helped build Florida is still thriving.
Oscar Corral, a former newspaper reporter and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, is founder and CEO of Explica Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org