American dreams, realized

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That's the headline of the lead story in the Washington Post's Real Estate section last week. The lead is about Lorena and José Teos, who came to Fairfax County, Va., from El Salvador in 1988. Now they're living in an $800,000 house in Sterling, in next-door Loudoun County. The front sections of the Post and many other papers often have stories about the terrible struggles of immigrants. The Real Estate section, perhaps more closely anchored to the data, tells another side of the immigrant story. Hard work, family togetherness, real-estate ownership: Put them together, and you have the American dream.