Is The U.S. All Bad?

Of course not.

The U.S. has some positives and is still safer than many countries, with a better economy.

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who has made his home in the Phoenix area since 2007, returned this past off-season to Venezuela, where most of his relatives still live, states USA Today.

He stayed there five days.

USA Today states that Venezuela has rampant crime and had the second-highest homicide rate in the world last year, and Montero renewed his passport in his native city of Caracas and hurried back to the USA, feeling terrible for the family members and others he left behind.

“I would go from the place where I was trying to get my passport to the house and back. That’s it,” Montero said. “You want to go to your country to relax and have a good time, not to be shut inside your house because you’re afraid to go out. … There are safety concerns anywhere in the world, but you watch the news about Venezuela and more people have been killed there than in Afghanistan.”

Montero has two kids and will request U.S. citizenship this year.

He was at the forefront of what has become a wave of Venezuelan major-league baseball players moving their families to the states, largely over safety issues.

Felix Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Martinez are some of the prominent Venezuelans who have established permanent roots in the U.S., but it’s not just the star players who are coming.

San Francisco Giants teammates Gregor Blanco and Guillermo Quiroz have moved to Miami, a favorite destination among expatriates.

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