MIAMI — The burning desire for freedom is as strong today as it was 238 years ago, when the American colonies declared its independence from England on July 4.

Don’t think so? Just ask Négar Granados.

After studying law in his native Venezuela, Granados had a tough choice to make. He’d been kidnapped, he said, and his wife and children were being threatened. His only choice was to leave his homeland, he said.