U.S. Vice President Mike Pence mingled with the crowd after addressing Venezuelan exiles at a Miami-area church in August. Photo: REUTERS

Diciembre 04, 2017.- Both U.S. parties are hustling to recruit a flood of new voters in a crucial state for presidential elections.

Venezuelan immigrants have traditionally been wealthier and better educated than most other immigrants. But the impact of plummeting conditions in the country is beginning to show, says Patricia Andrade, director of Raíces Venezolanas, a nonprofit group that provides new arrivals with donated supplies ranging from bedsheets to appliances.

Raíces Venezolanas volunteer Maria Rodriguez brings out bedding for a newly arrived family at their distribution area in Doral, Fla. Photo: Scott McIntyre for The Wall Street Journal
Ludimae Jimenez embraces her 6-year-old son, Gabrielle, as he surveys the toys at Raíces Venezolanas. Photo: Scott McIntyre for The Wall Street Journal

One recent afternoon, Luis Gabante, a 42-year-old accountant who arrived in July with his wife and daughter, showed up at the organization’s supply site to pick up a large box of towels, housewares and toys. He said his family fled because of threats he faced from corrupt employees of the state oil company where he worked. He left behind the family’s apartment, car and other belongings. They had been staying in a hotel and just found an apartment.

“We arrived here without anything,” Mr. Gabante said, breaking down in tears. “This isn’t easy.”

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