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Illegal Immigrant to a U.S. Citizen Physician: What Can We Learn by this Story?
From the August 9 2007 Perspective column of the New England Journal of Medicine
"You will spend the rest of your life working in the fields," my cousin told me when I arrived in the United States in the mid-1980s. This fate indeed appeared likely: a 19-year-old illegal migrant farm worker, I had no English language skills and no dependable means of support.
Click on the above link and read the whole story (free full text) of Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D. and how he made the journey from migrant farm worker to neurosurgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
What does this migration of an illegal immigrant to a U.S. citizen physician and scientist tell us about issues of illegal immigration but also the potential of living and developing in the United States? Do you find anything unethical or of concern or caution in this uplifting story? ..Maurice.