-- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:
Patients sometimes look up at Javier Quiroz, an acute-care nurse in one of Houston’s busiest hospitals, and ask if he is in the United States legally.
“No,” he says.
Then he tells them about the journey that has never ended. He crossed the U.S.-Mexico border at age 3 and, nearly three decades later, is among 11 million undocumented immigrants rooted inside the United States without a permanent legal claim to this country.
Quiroz is a foreigner with a Tennessee accent, a registered nurse who paid his way through college and then fought to save lives in a pandemic that has killed more than 560,000 people in the United States. The deadly pathogen nearly took his father and infected him, his wife and their baby girl.