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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: ALFREDO QUINONES-HINOJOSA - FROM UNAUTHORIZED FARM WORKER TO WORLD RENOWN BRAIN SURGEON

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Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has been named to Popular Science Magazine's annual Brilliant 10 list. That's an amazing feat recognizing the physician's reputation as one of the nation's top brain surgeons. He runs the brain tumor program at the world famous Johns Hopkins University. Thousands of patients have benefited from his care over the years. But the most intriguing part of his story is that he began his life in American as an unauthorized immigrant farm worker who was able to legalize.



Here's an interesting article about Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa's journey from entering the country as a 19 year old illegal farmworker who spoke no English to one of America's top doctors who is searching for a cure for brain cancer.

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  1. abc123's Avatar
    That's really cool.
  2. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    WOW! That's a lesson for those who feel like they have more to offer just because they came as EB.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    How many more of these types of hidden gems are out there amogst the 12-20 million Immigrants that have no documents. Even if its only one its a waste. This guy is really contributing to humanity.
  4. 's Avatar
    "WOW! That's a lesson for those who feel like they have more to offer just because they came as EB."

    That's your conclusion. I'm sure most EBs are saying they want the same opportunities as offered to the undocumented under any legalization program.

    This guy was successful in large part because his drive was coupled with the ablility to go to college full time. How many people in the EB pipeline can do that while they wait 5-10 years for a green card that gives them the right to do so?



  5. 's Avatar
    It's a cool story. But once again it would be absurd to open up the borders to everyone around the world. The bad outweighs the good.

    Our motto use to be "give us your poor" (read the Statue of Liberty). That was a great motto when we were a growing INDUSTRIAL nation. Today, we aren't that nation - our growth is in skilled services. Our motto today should be "give us your skilled". And it should be a highly competitive process.
  6. 's Avatar
    "Our motto use to be "give us your poor" (read the Statue of Liberty). "

    This is a good point. But this has never been enforced in the modern immigration system. The system does not restrict immigration opportunities to allow only applicants who are living below the poverty line in their native countries. If it did so, then the system may well be truer to the real desires and heritage of the American people and also help poor people around the world.
  7. 's Avatar
    "The system does not restrict immigration opportunities to allow only applicants who are living below the poverty line in their native countries. "

    The old system welcomed poor people. The new system should welcome smart people. Our country doesn't need more poor people. We have plenty - and frankly many have become a burden on society. Our prisons are filled with hispanic gang members and drug dealers.

    Our country needs smart people. People who will grow this nation and help us compete globally. I don't mean people who will help offshore work. I mean people who will help bring work here through investment and people who will start businesses (entrepreneurs), and people who are exceptional in their professions.

    Our current program is geared towards finding low cost labor. That is wrong. We need a system geared towards helping our nation compete. So naturally, the system should be competitive.
  8. Another voice's Avatar
    "Our motto use to be "give us your poor" (read the Statue of Liberty). That was a great motto when we were a growing INDUSTRIAL nation. Today, we aren't that nation - our growth is in skilled services. Our motto today should be "give us your skilled". And it should be a highly competitive process."

    RIGHT that is why the current system helps so much high skill workers from other countries.
  9. EB3ROW2004 's Avatar
    "WOW! That's a lesson for those who feel like they have more to offer just because they came as EB."

    Whatever Legal , You may think all illegal aliens will be the best brain surgeons one day and the other side thinks that all the illegal aliens are drug dealers and gang members. No wonder the radical illegal alien lobby is getting the treatment it deserves, just look at the above statement.

    Yes I do feel that I have more to offer and I am an EB immigrant.
  10. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    EB3ROW2004, fine. 20 years from now when your child/spouse/parent has a brain tumor, there would be fewer brilliant surgeons here since all the talented youth will have lost their chance in life because you thought "amnesty" would have been unfair to you. That could be one surgeon short to save your relative.
  11. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    "This guy was successful in large part because his drive was coupled with the ablility to go to college full time. How many people in the EB pipeline can do that while they wait 5-10 years for a green card that gives them the right to do so?"

    You are not very familiar with US immigration system, are you? All people in EB line already have college degrees. On top of it, a lot of them have greaduate degrees, and many (like me) have American graduate degrees - and you do not need to be a green card holder to have an opportunity to get a degree. So, the answer to your question is 100%.
  12. EB3ROW2004 's Avatar
    "EB3ROW2004, fine. 20 years from now when your child/spouse/parent has a brain tumor, there would be fewer brilliant surgeons here since all the talented youth will have lost their chance in life because you thought "amnesty" would have been unfair to you. That could be one surgeon short to save your relative."

    You are so illogical. None of my family members will have brain tumours becuase you curse me ... Get a life .. you illegals and the lobby that supports you are getting what you deserve. You lose an argument when you resort to personal attacks.

    I dont think you being an effective advocate of illegals here with the kind of argurments you make .
  13. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    No, EB, you do not seem to be able to understand cause and effect. If there were no amnesty in 1987, this brilliant brain surgeon would not be able to save lifes in 2007. If there is no amnesty in 2008, someone bright will not be able to save one of your relative's life in 2028, simple as that.

    Your personal attacks just show that you are out of arguments. But your are right, everyone gets what they deserve - and you are getting too. And you will get in 20 years, too.
  14. EB3ROW2004 's Avatar
    "No, EB, you do not seem to be able to understand cause and effect. If there were no amnesty in 1987, this brilliant brain surgeon would not be able to save lifes in 2007. If there is no amnesty in 2008, someone bright will not be able to save one of your relative's life in 2028, simple as that.

    Your personal attacks just show that you are out of arguments. But your are right, everyone gets what they deserve - and you are getting too. And you will get in 20 years, too.
    "

    ILLEGAL AND WAITING FOR AMNESTY you are the one who started picking fight with EBS and you think you are going to win friends , no way. Now I know what kind of phone calls i have to make when next amnesty is considered by congress.


  15. L's Avatar
    "Your personal attacks just show that you are out of arguments. But your are right, everyone gets what they deserve - and you are getting too. And you will get in 20 years, too."

    Dumb A , go and read the whole thing from the begining , you are the one who started personal attacks in first place. You are the one who started the whole thing with statement "WOW! That's a lesson for those who feel like they have more to offer just because they came as EB."
  16. 's Avatar
    "You are not very familiar with US immigration system, are you? All people in EB line already have college degrees. On top of it, a lot of them have greaduate degrees, and many (like me) have American graduate degrees - and you do not need to be a green card holder to have an opportunity to get a degree. So, the answer to your question is 100%."

    Since you know so much about the US immigration system, why don't you explain how one can go to Harvard to study medicine at age 29 without abandoning an EB GC application?
  17. 's Avatar
    'How many more of these types of hidden gems are out there amogst the 12-20 million Immigrants that have no documents. Even if its only one its a waste. This guy is really contributing to humanity.'

    Using your logic, you could make the exact OPPOSITE case in the name of Jose Carranza:

    How many more of these types of hidden time bombs are out there amongst the 12-20 million Immigrants that have no documents. Even if it's only one it's an outrage. This guy is really a blight on humanity.
  18. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    EB3, you can also join NumbersUSA or work for Tancredo presidential campaign, they totally share your views. You are such a disgrace for all immigrants in this country.
  19. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    L, so what again you are offended by? Why is this a personal attack? Could you please legibly explain? I am EB2 with an American degree, and I don't think I have more to offer than this formerly illegal immigrant. This is why I would not even claim that I deserve more than other hard working people in this country, regardless of what their papers say. Why is that an offensive position?
  20. L 's Avatar
    "EB3, you can also join NumbersUSA or work for Tancredo presidential campaign, they totally share your views. You are such a disgrace for all immigrants in this country."

    You are a total disgrace to the civil soceity, you want to encourage more unlawful and anarchic behavior.

    I will oppose any legislation that treats illegal gang members better than legal immigrants.
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